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Town hall seeks fellow 90-year-olds to celebrate birthday year

Town hall seeks fellow 90-year-olds to celebrate birthday year

Braintree Town Hall is turning 90!

Braintree District residents who share their birthday with Braintree Town Hall are being invited to help celebrate the local landmark as part of a special celebration.

Residents who turn 90 in 2018, like the town hall, are being invited to a celebratory event on Wednesday, May 23 where they will be able to listen to a talk by Julien Courtauld as well as watch a screening of the opening of the town hall with a piece of birthday cake and a cup of tea.

Residents who have or will turn 90 this year and would like to attend the special event on the morning of Wednesday, May 23 please register by calling 01376 557776 or emailing [email protected]. The 90-year-olds can be accompanied by a family member or carer.

Cllr Peter Tattersley, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Braintree Town Hall, said: “The town hall is such a great landmark in the town and we are really looking forward to celebrating its 90th birthday. We would love to share the celebrations with others sharing their 90th birthday. The town hall has been part of people’s lives in Braintree for all of living memory, so we want to make sure its 90th birthday is remembered in 90 years’ time.”

To coincide with the birthday celebrations a special 90th celebratory lunch – open to all - will take place on Saturday, June 2. Tickets cost £20 per person and include a locally sourced two course lunch, Prosecco or soft drink and tour of the building.  All rooms will be available to view, including town hall artefacts. To book tickets please call 01376 557776.

Robert Rose, Museums Manager, Braintree District Museums Trust said: “The town hall was a gift of William Julien Courtauld, whose family were the largest public benefactors to Braintree and the District and whom wanted “only the best” in a grand civic building in the centre of the town, sufficient to join the separate parishes of Braintree and Bocking. When it opened on May 22 in 1928, Market Square was filled with local dignitaries and residents, proud of their new town hall and as a mark of respect to the family whom gave so much to Braintree.”

Cllr Frankie Ricci, Deputy Cabinet Member with responsibility for Braintree Town Hall, said: “The town hall has seen 90 years of our town’s history and we know there is a lot of affection for the building. We’d love to hear residents’ memories and see their photos as we hope to compile a photo display.” 

Residents who have photos or memories they would like to share with Braintree Town Hall please send or drop copies into Braintree Town Hall, Fairfield Road, Braintree, CM7 3YG.