Christmas Evening 10 Dec 2008

Posted 31st January 2009 by Vivienne Gate
Newsletter Vol: 81, January 2009

The event was started with the drawing of the raffle. Prize-winners were Mrs P Kelly, Mr R I Campbell, Mr D Furniss and Mr P Whiting.

There followed a lovely evening of nostalgia as Graham Coles and Brian Holmes gave a wonderful slide show. It began with several slides which were new to the Society’s collection, including pictures of Castle Bank, Market Place, Grammar School, Express Dairy staff, Burnes’ Garage and Dixon’s Hotel.

The rest of the show was arranged to illustrate a series of events. The first event shown was the celebration of the start of the construction of the Eden Valley Railway, which opened in 1862. Other events included Appleby celebrating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, opening of Garth Heads Road, Volunteers going to the Boer War, elections, opening of the Liberal Club, consecration of Cemetery Chapel, opening of Appleby primary School, Conservative Club Fete at The Castle, proclamation of George V, Band of Hope and other parades and presentations, Church parades with civic dignitaries, the Assizes – with the Judge and his entourage at various locations, return to Appleby of Westmorland Militia flags, Appleby Girl Guide Company, soldiers on parade and leaving from Appleby Station, opening of the first British Legion Club, floods on the Sands, Jubilee pageants, 1937 Coronation celebrations, preparation for Second World War, Midland Railway signal box destroyed by fire, Appleby Show, 1953 Coronation celebrations, visits to Appleby by the Queen and Princess Margaret, original swimming pool, commemoration of last day of the county of Westmorland, Festival marking European Heritage year, Queens’ Silver Jubilee, demolition of old Vicarage in 1989, planting of Dorothy’s tree by Society Committee members 1997, presentation to King’s Own Border regiment, parade of Royal Irish Rangers, 1999 carnival, first Farmers’ market, Mayor-making day 2000, Mystery Plays 2000, Brian Render prior to going to London to represent Cumbria at the British Legion Festival of Remembrance , ‘River of Light’ and Church, visit of Time Team, 2004 start of work to build new medical centre, 2006 Townscape opening and the discovery of the Appleby United Band of Hope banner. After pictures of fireworks, the show ended with pictures of Christingle. The pictures covered a period from 1865 to 2008 and throughout the show there was audience participation as members recognised and identified people in the pictures and reminisced about events.

The evening ended with refreshments provided by Committee members and a big thank you is extended to all who helped make the evening another success.