WATCH: Hundreds come along to remember Cottage Hospital

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A little piece of history was made when almost 400 people turned up on a damp Sunday morning to wave ‘goodbye’ to Market Harborough’s much-loved ‘Cottage Hospital’.

The 400 had one thing in common; all of them had been born in the hospital, on Coventry Road, Market Harborough.

Over 400 people turned out for a group photograph on sunday of people who were born at the cottage hospital in Market Harborough.
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Over 400 people turned out for a group photograph on sunday of people who were born at the cottage hospital in Market Harborough. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-170313-101711005

Market Harborough Movie Makers (MHMM) are making a film about the cottage hospital, before it closes - and possibly disappears altogether.

So the call went out in the Mail and elsewhere for local people to throng the car park for a final Cottage Hospital photograph - a landmark picture that is likely to be used for centuries in books and articles about the town.

“We really had no idea how many people would turn up” said organiser Hilary Hearnshaw. “I was hoping for at least 50...”

“I think that the fact we had 400 shows great community spirit, and great affection for both the hospital and the town.”

Sad farewell to the cottage hospital after it closed last week.
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Sad farewell to the cottage hospital after it closed last week. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-170313-101742005

Top local photographer Andy Carpenter - also the Mail’s photographer - took the picture outside the hospital at 9.30am on Sunday, March 12.

June Grace and Helena Chapman both 61 meet up again after 20 years outside the cottage hospital.
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June Grace and Helena Chapman both 61 meet up again after 20 years outside the cottage hospital. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-170313-101443005

Michael Robinson 54 and Sally Robinson nee Jackson 58 both have the same birthday and sister Clarke delivered both of them.
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Michael Robinson 54 and Sally Robinson nee Jackson 58 both have the same birthday and sister Clarke delivered both of them. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-170313-101510005

Three generations...Rara 29, Jane 54, Yvonne 52, Edna 85, Gary 55 and Susan Giles 61.
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Three generations...Rara 29, Jane 54, Yvonne 52, Edna 85, Gary 55 and Susan Giles 61. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-170313-101539005

Margaret Atkins with son James born 22 years apart and the same midwife nurse Yarham.
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Margaret Atkins with son James born 22 years apart and the same midwife nurse Yarham. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-170313-101528005

Three generations...Stuart Carter 79 with grandaughter Katie Brown 28 and daughters Stella Goatley 52 and Lisa Brown 56.
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Three generations...Stuart Carter 79 with grandaughter Katie Brown 28 and daughters Stella Goatley 52 and Lisa Brown 56. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-170313-101621005

Alison Brown 52, Pearl Adlem 52 and Tania Adlem 55 all used to be in the girl guides.
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Alison Brown 52, Pearl Adlem 52 and Tania Adlem 55 all used to be in the girl guides. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-170313-101604005

Greta Stray and Pat Dexter reunited again after the group photograph outside the cottage hospital.
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Greta Stray and Pat Dexter reunited again after the group photograph outside the cottage hospital. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-170313-101634005