Star line-up at Town Hall heritage day

Issue 651

AN exhibition featuring celebrities from Dewsbury goes on show at the Town Hall tomorrow (Saturday).

Famous names include swimmer Eileen Fenton, former Speaker of the House of Commons Betty Boothroyd and actor Anthony Newley.

It is part of a free heritage open day in which the refurbished Town Hall will be shown off to the public.

The event coincides with the building’s 125th birthday, having officially opened on September 17, 1889.

Also on show will be artefacts and vintage photographs. Entry is from 11am to 4pm.

Council leisure chief Coun Peter O'Neill said: “Visitors can immerse themselves in the history of this beautiful building.

“They can also find out more about Dewsbury’s famous inhabitants and explore areas not normally open to the public.”

Venues across the district are taking part in the heritage open day, which is a national event this weekend.

A First World War display is on at Gomersal Moravian Church on Quarry Road on Sunday from 12noon to 5pm.

St Mary’s Church in Mirfield hosts an archaeological dig from 10am to 4pm tomorrow and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

Thornhill Parish Church has a songs of the First World War concert tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7 or £6 concessions and are available from 01924 507782, Thornhill Newsagents or on the door. Accompanied older children enter free.

A stained glass window commemorating Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee will be on show at St Saviour’s Church in Birstall.

The Creative Arts Hub in Mirfield hosts activities like weaving, bookbinding and digital art.

Tours of the Dewsbury Minster Tower are available at 10am and 3.30pm tomorrow. Visits, which can be booked through the Town Hall on 01924 324501, are restricted to groups of 10.

Full details of all events can be found at www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/laa/Kirklees.

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