Garstang Historical Society – 50th Anniversary Celebrations
by Anthony Coppin
CHRISTMAS will come early for members and supporters of Garstang Historical Society with the cutting of a special fruit cake at their meeting on December 9.
The celebration is being held to mark the 50th anniversary of the society and its on-going success.
The group’s meetings, held on the second Wednesday of the month at Garstang United Reformed Church hall, are among the best attended of all Garstang’s clubs and societies.
The November meeting, a lecture on the Battle of Preston in November 1715, attracted a record 120 attendants, with people sitting on window sills and standing and listening from the hall’s porch and doorway to lecturer Dr Bill Shannon of Preston.
A society spokesman said: Numbers have been increasing over the past year or so mainly due to the fact that we are attracting top quality speakers from around the region.”
He added: “There is clearly an interest in the history and heritage of both Garstang and the wider Lancashire / North West area, and this is reflected in both membership and the size of our audience. November attracted even more people than usual, probably because of the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Preston, but we usually get up to 80 or so people attending, whatever the weather.”
The cutting of the 50th birthday cake ceremony will be carried out after the December lecture – by Andy Lowe, former Lake District National Park officer, on traditional architecture of the Lake District.
Society chairman Peter Burrell (pictured) will lead the cake cutting ceremony.
The meeting will be held at the United Reformed Church hall, Croston Road, Garstang, on Wednesday, December 9 at 7.30pm.
Entry is free for members and £2 for non-members (including refreshments). It is advised to arrive early as recent meetings have been standing room only.
For more information ring Peter Burrell on 601054 (after 6pm) or visit the society’s website www.garstanghistoricalsociety.co.uk