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Whitchurch History Day to celebrate Shropshire’s oldest town

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Whitchurch will celebrate its rich history as Shropshire’s oldest town in style on Saturday 12 October 2013 during Whitchurch History Day.  The town will host a wide range of activities, ranging from talks and tours to live music and military enactments.

Tina Woodward, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member for business growth, said:

“Whitchurch History Day will be a wonderful day for anyone with an interest in the town’s history.  It’s a great opportunity to celebrate and learn about this fascinating and ancient town.”

This unique opportunity to share memories and local knowledge will see Dr Judith Hoyle talk about the work of the Whitchurch Heritage Centre.  There will also be talks from James Gosling, on the life and work of Revd William Egerton, Rector of St Alkmund’s 1846-1908; and Peter Brown, on the town’s canals.  The band Jigsmith will be performing live, and there will be a historic tour of Whitchurch and of the parish church too.

The events will start at 10.30am – though refreshments will be available from 10am – and will take place at Brownlow Community Centre, Claypit Street, Whitchurch SY13 1LF.

Tickets cost £10, with £5 discount rate for members of the Friends of Shropshire Archives, Whitchurch History and Archaeology Group and Whitchurch Heritage Centre volunteers.

If you would like a ticket, please contact John Benson on 01743 255377 or at john.benson@shropshire.gov.uk.  Alternatively you can contact Pat Kiernan at 11 Lime Tree Way, Wellington, Telford TF1 3PJ.

Whitchurch History Day is jointly presented by the Friends of Shropshire Archives and by Volunteering for Shropshire’s Heritage.