History society's 40th birthday celebration is talk of the town
MORE than 100 people turned out for a local history society's 40th birthday celebration.
Beeston and District Local History Society president Sir Neil Cossons OBE thrilled the audience with a talk about his childhood in the town.
The event at Chilwell Memorial Hall was attended by Health Minister and Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry and around 120 members of the society.
Sir Neil, who is one of the country's leading historians and former chairman of English Heritage, talked about his early memories of the town – notably as a junior porter at Beeston Station.
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Miss Soubry said: "It was a lovely evening and Sir Neil's talk on a bygone age was as entertaining as it was informative.
"He painted a vivid picture of a time when 50 people were on the payroll at Beeston Station; of porters huddled round coal fires in the winter and bustling steam trains in the summer taking day-trippers to Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes.
"The society continues to have a proud record of building an excellent archive, holding interesting events and reminding us all of our great local history. We should all wish them a very happy 40th birthday and look forward to many more years."
Alan Clayton, chairman of the society for 14 years, said: "It was a very amusing talk and a very successful night. It was the first time we've had a minister from the Government with us in the audience."
The society, which covers Beeston, Attenborough, Chilwell, Toton, Stapleford, and Bramcote, holds illustrated talks, organises excursions, has displays from its archives, and puts up blue plaques at notable historical locations.
So far it has put up 16 plaques, most recently at the site of the former Beeston Lads Club in Station Road.