The Mayor of Tamworth is welcoming in the New Year by inviting people to join him for tea and cake at the historic Town Hall open days.
Richard Kingstone will be starting 2020 with Town Hall open days from Saturday, January 11, with a New Year invite for the people of Tamworth to visit between 11am and 2pm.
Town Hall open days is an initiative which Richard started when he was elected Mayor of Tamworth in May this year, in a bid to encourage as many people as possible to discover what’s behind the mystery green door of Market Street.
So far hundreds of people have taken up the invitation to meet the Mayor and have a look around the main chamber, the mayor’s parlous and view the civic collection. Visitors have enjoyed seeing what’s inside and learning more about the building’s long and rich history.
If you haven’t managed to visit yet, and can’t make it on Saturday 11th, don’t worry as the programme will continue in February with the planned dates so far:
- Saturday, January 11 (1pm-4pm)
- Saturday, February 8 (11am-2pm)
- Saturday, February 15 (11am-2pm)
- Saturday, February 29 (11am-2pm)
Saturday, February 29, may provide the perfect opportunity for any ladies out there who would like to propose to their loved ones in the splendour of the Town Hall, in keeping with the time-honoured leap year tradition.
Richard said: “I’m opening the doors to the Town Hall as often as I can during my mayoral year as there are so many people who have never seen the wonders it holds. I want to raise awareness of this lovely historic Tamworth building. The open events have been incredibly popular so far with people eager to see what is behind the mystery green door and they have all been impressed with what’s inside.
“This January’s event will be a great opportunity for people to start the new year with a tour of this wonderful building, while learning all about the hall’s history.
“Don’t worry if you haven’t made it along yet as the open days will continue in February.”
Tamworth Town Hall was built in 1701 by Thomas Guy, the then MP for Tamworth. The original design consisted of a single room supported by 18 Tuscan style stone pillars. The area beneath the hall served as the Butter Market and later housed the town’s first fire engine.
The clock on the front of the Town Hall was presented to the town in 1812 by the then owner of Tamworth Castle, John Robbins.
Tamworth's most famous politician, Sir Robert Peel, reportedly read the first political manifesto to the people of Tamworth from the Town Hall window in 1834.
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