THE Mayor of Tamworth is inviting people to join him for tea and cake in the historic Tamworth Town Hall as his series of open days continues this autumn.
Hundreds of people have enjoyed discovering what’s behind the green door of the iconic town centre building since Cllr Richard Kingstone became Mayor in May this year.
Richard is encouraging as many people as possible to visit the Town Hall in Market Street, where they can learn more about Tamworth’s rich heritage, and 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, and a new series of sessions have now been planned for the autumn season.
Drop in sessions take place on Saturdays between 11am and 2pm when people are invited to pop in for tea, cake and a tour.
The next dates planned are:
- Saturday October 19
- Saturday November 16
- Saturday December 21 (including a visit from Father Christmas)
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. I want to raise awareness of this lovely historic Tamworth building. 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 some more for the autumn season and extend a warm welcome to anyone who is interested to come and join me for tea, cake and a tour. The December 21 event will have a festive touch with mince pies and a visit from Father Christmas.”
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.