Town Hall celebrates its 150th anniversary
DOZENS of people gathered at Selby Town Hall last Wednesday to help staff celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Victorian building.
Town hall clerk Karen Mann thanked all those who gathered on the day including specially invited guests and representatives of organisations such as Selby Civic Society and Selby and District Family History Group.
She added: “The town council would like to thank those residents who attended the exhibition of photographs and memorabilia dating back to 1862 when the building opened. There were more than 100 people through the door and they were amazed by some of the old photographs.
“The exhibitors enjoyed talking to residents about their memories and everyone was pleased with how the afternoon went. A big thank you to local historian Richard Moody who provided most of the photographs and gave a presentation with the help of the Family History Group. A very pleasant and successful afternoon.”
When the town hall opened in 1862 the American Civil war was raging, Lewis Carroll was telling a story to three sisters, Lorina, Edith and Alice Liddell – the story was later published as Alice in Wonderland – in London the International Exhibition of Industry and Art was underway, the New Westminster Bridge was opened, Thomas Cook organised the first package holiday and in Selby in the West Riding of Yorkshire the first Methodist services were held on October 10 in the new Primitive Methodist Church.
Coun Steve Shaw-Wright said: “The town council bought the former church in 1992 and restored it to its former glory; the building again serves the people of Selby and the wider area, with thousands attending a range of events.
“Over the years the building has been used for a variety of occasions from wedding breakfasts, to funeral teas and everything in between. We know a lot about the building but would love to know more, we even have a resident ghost!”
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