Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Ideas sought for Saltburn’s 150th birthday
Ideas are being sought from the public on how Saltburn should mark next year’s 150th anniversary of its birth in the Victorian era. Members of the Saltburn Community and Arts Association are planning events to mark the arrival of the first steam train in Saltburn, so opening the town for development.
Organisers are asking anyone interested to email ideas to Wilma Gardiner-Gill at the community association office to be ready for the group’s next meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm.
Association chairman, Councillor Philip Thomson, said ideas already include a photographic booklet, films and photos from the past, lighting Huntcliff, a steam train visit, a firework display and competitions.
Cllr Thomson said: “We want to encourage more involvement by individuals and groups. The community association has not set itself up to be the lead organisation. There needs to be one in place to access funding.
“We have started to put together a bid to go to the EC-funded Leader project to co-ordinate and plan activities.” One idea was to improve Hazelgrove - “putting the hazel back into Hazelgrove,” said Cllr Thomson.
Possible problems raised included the lack of parking space in town and health and safety restrictions affecting events like a carnival.
The anniversary of the first steam train arriving from Darlington was August 17, 1861. Building of the first houses followed quickly.
Contact the association at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01287 624997, or drop in at the Albion Terrace any weekday morning.