HUNDREDS of people have enjoyed discovering what’s behind the green door of Tamworth Town Hall by taking advantage of a series of open events organised by the Mayor in recent weeks.
Richard Kingstone has regularly been throwing open the doors of the historic building and inviting people to join him for tea, cake and a tour.
During his year as mayor, Richard wants as many people as possible to visit the iconic venue in Market Street where they can have a look around the main chamber, the mayor’s parlour and view the civic collection.
The events have been extremely successful so far, with around 60 to 100 people visiting each time. Two more are planned before Richard resumes his busy day job as a teacher. They take place on Saturday, August 24, and Saturday, August 31, with people invited to drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm.
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 and I want to raise awareness of this jewel in the Tamworth crown. 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.
“People ask about how council meetings are held, how you become mayor and are fascinated by the robes and old town clerk wigs and so on. Visitors also like to chat about times they have met past mayors when they see all the names on the board.
“As the events have been so popular, I’ve organised a couple more before the school holidays end and I’d invite anyone who is interested to come and join me for tea, cake and a tour.”
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.