PEOPLE are being invited to join the new Mayor of Tamworth for tea, cake and a tour of the historic Town Hall during a series of open events in the coming months.
Richard Kingstone wants as many people as possible to visit the iconic civic building in Market Street, where they can have a look around the main chamber, the Mayor’s parlour and view the civic collection.
Since being appointed Mayor at the end of May, Richard has already hosted one open event in the Town Hall and has another planned for this Saturday (June 15), between 12pm and 1pm. All are welcome to pop in for a chat, refreshments and the grand tour.
Further open invitations are planned for:
- Saturday, July 20 (11am to 2pm)
- Saturday, August 10 (11am to 2pm)
- Saturday, August 24 (11am to 2pm)
Richard said: “Tamworth Town Hall is an amazing building and is incredibly important in the history of Tamworth. There may be people in the town who have never been in the Town Hall, so as much as I can, I’ll be throwing the doors open for anyone who wants to pop by for a cup of tea, a slice of cake and to get a deeper insight into our town’s heritage.
“We need to celebrate our buildings and people and I hope to do just that during my year as Mayor.”
During the year, Richard will also be hosting a series of special events and networking sessions in the Town Hall, inviting different groups inside for a small celebration.
He has also brought back the ‘Be Tamworth’ initiative he introduced when he previously served as mayor five years ago.
The idea of Be Tamworth is for people to nominate anyone who has a positive impact on their community. This could be the businesses which support the town, the groups doing great work in their local area, aspirational young people and community-spirited residents, right down to the individual who regularly mows their neighbour’s lawn.
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Those nominated will also be invited to a celebration in the Town Hall with the Mayor, where they will be presented with a special ‘Be Tamworth’ lapel badge. The badge is designed to be a symbol of pride in their achievements, in their community and in their town.
Richard added: “Between the various initiatives, I am hoping to get as many people into the Town Hall as possible during my year as Mayor, so we can raise awareness and appreciation for this jewel in the Tamworth crown.”
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.