Society toasts 50 years

Civic Society 50th anniversary...Jenny Besbrode, Bernard Besbrode, founder Tim de Rousset Hall, guest speaker Dr Paula Ridley honary vice president of Merseyside Civic Society and Brian Tanner. (Picture: Andrew Carpenter/001377-58)
Civic Society 50th anniversary...Jenny Besbrode, Bernard Besbrode, founder Tim de Rousset Hall, guest speaker Dr Paula Ridley honary vice president of Merseyside Civic Society and Brian Tanner. (Picture: Andrew Carpenter/001377-58)

A CELEBRATION has been held to mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Market Harborough Civic Society.

The group was one of the first civic societies in the country and started up as a result of interest in The Civic Trust expressed by Harborough Rotarians.

More than 40 members gathered at The Angel Hotel for dinner to celebrate the golden anniversary.

The society organises projects to improve and preserve the local area.

When it formed in 1961 the first project undertaken by the group was to ensure a facelift for Church Street which was at the time a run down back street.

The scheme to improve the street was largely financed by traders and soon after a project was embarked upon to improve the High Street.

Following the completion of these projects the society went on to plant 91 trees donating money from their own purses to pay for.

The celebration of all of the work done by the society during the last 50 years took place on May 18.

Bernard Besbrode, chairman of the Harborough branch of the civic society said the evenings celebration had been a resounding success.

With the Civic Trust replaced by the Civic Voice the guest of honour on the night was its chair, Paula Ridley.

Previously chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Mrs Ridley has also been a trustee of the Tate gallery and the National Gallery.

The society’s latest plan is to oppose planning permission for the Airfield Farm development as they say it will impair the local environment and the northern wooded approach in to Harborough.

Civic voice is the charity behind the civic movement which aims to make places in the UK more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive.

For more information go to www.civicvoice.org.uk.