Ankerside heads back in time to celebrate Tamworth’s history

Wednesday, 29th July 2015

SHOPPERS will be able to travel back in time to celebrate key moment in Tamworth’s history, thanks to Ankerside Shopping Centre.

August 1 will see the unveiling of the centre’s own Time Machine, with the date set to 1980 – the year the centre was officially opened by the Queen.

There will be fancy dress, crafts, games and special offers, while community radio station TCRFM will be broadcasting from Ankerside.

Created by Community Together, the Time Machine is a log of Tamworth life through the centuries, and shoppers are invited to add their own memories and photos from past decades.

Other events at the centre will see Tamworth library staff at Ankerside every Tuesday, hosting drop-in advice sessions on local history and how to trace a family tree.

Ankerside Shopping Centre administrator Lucy Harvey and Lee Bates of Communities Together look through old photos from when the Queen officially opened Ankerside Shopping Centre, ready for the Time Machine, which celebrates the town’s history.

Ankerside Shopping Centre administrator Lucy Harvey and Lee Bates of Communities Together look through old photos from when the Queen officially opened Ankerside Shopping Centre, ready for the Time Machine, which celebrates the town’s history.

The Time Machine will also whizz back to Tudor days, with circus school and falconry displays, then on to the Georgian era to enjoy a masked ball and fencing, before heading to a Victorian seaside outing and finally into the future with a robot treasure hunt.

Ankerside Shopping Centre manager Pete Barber said: “This is an important year for Ankerside – it’s 35 years since the Queen officially opened the centre and we continue to go from strength to strength.

“The Time Machine is a great way to bring the whole town together to remember and celebrate the key moments that created Tamworth as it is today.

“I love looking at old photos from where I grew up, and I’m sure that many people will be intrigued to see what photos will be on show with the Time Machine.

“We also have a host of events lined up throughout August that the whole family can enjoy – for free.”

Lee Bates of Tamworth’s Community Together has created the Time Machine with local community groups in Wilnecote, Glascote and Belgrave.

He said: “It’s been extremely interesting working with the groups to delve into Tamworth’s history. I’ve discovered all sorts of things about this area that I never knew, and the old photos of the town have really brought back memories.

“I am hoping that people will bring in lots more memorabilia from the past decades that we can add to the Time Machine, such as old photos, old newspapers from long ago, or other items like old adverts or leaflets.

“Ankerside is to be congratulated for their community spirit in celebrating not just the centre’s anniversary but the whole of the town’s history.”

Ankerside Shopping Centre, open daily, is home to 60 stores, from fashion, health and beauty to services and food and drink, and has more than 700 parking spaces. More details at www.ankerside.co.uk

Tamworth Time Machine events

Saturday August 1

Join us for the launch of our time machine as we travel back to the year the centre was opened – 1980. Community Together have been working on a time machine which will be unveiled plus you can start adding to our Tamworth Time Line. 1980’s fun will include fancy dress, crafts, games and special offers and promotions. Plus, special guests TCRFM will be broadcasting live from the centre.

Tuesday August 4, August 11, August 18 and August 25

Community Together will be hosting a day of activity in our Tamworth Time Machine. Join them to help us add to our timeline with your memories of Tamworth. Tamworth library will also be at the centre helping shoppers find out more about local history and also how to trace your family tree.

Friday August 7

We’re travelling back to Tudor Times today. Join us for our ‘top of the chops’ stocks game, court jester circus school, story-telling and our very special Falconry school. Meet some of the magnificent birds and find out about some of the great local conservation projects going on to preserve them and their habitat.

Friday August 14

This week join us for a Georgian masquerade ball. You can make masquerade masks, learning dancing and enjoy storytelling and a slapstick Georgian ‘fencing’ show by characters with a chance to take part.

Friday August 21

We’re going to the seaside, the Victorian Seaside. Characters, crafts, games and more will transport you back to the Victorian Seaside.

Friday August 28

For our final journey we are travelling to the future Our robot will take you on a treasure hunt, let your imagination run free as you think about Tamworth’s future plus competitions and games.