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Grand 100th Birthday celebration

Sorry I’m a bit late posting this following my earlier “tweet”.

I joined a huge crowd of “Sanddancers” outside of South Shields Town Hall this evening to witness one of those rare spectacular events that we do so well here. It was cold, damned cold, but the light rain did not dampen the spirits or chill the heart as we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the opening of the new Town Hall in Westoe Road, just as huge crowds gathered in October 1910 to cheer the finishing of one of the grandest public buildings in the north of England so we massed and sang “Happy Birthday” together.

From 6:30 this evening the crowds were entertained by Ray Spencer, pop/rock band Four Worried Men, and our latest “X Factor” entrant Jade Thirwell, as well as the pipes and drums of 101 Rgt, and a host of other colourful drummers. A stage had been set to one side of the building with a gigantic screen showing the action for those who could not get close enough with live video showing enthralling glimpses of the entertainers and the spectators. Mayor Tom Piggott greeted the crowds and expressed his thanks for the wonderful turn out as a collection of old images illustrating the history of the Town Hall were projected for us to see. All the while a colourful light projection was thrown onto the facade of our best loved building, and the whole spectacle was rounded off with a fireworks display at 8:00 pm.

I wonder what our ancestors would have thought of this birthday party, and what sort of events might happen in 2110? I’m sure the Town Hall will still be there with Queen Victoria proudly in her place.

If you weren’t there, you missed something really special, a big message of thanks needs to be sent to all those involved in organising the party – well done everyone!

More pictures will appear in South Shields Daily Pictures (where I welcome your comments) shortly.

I tip my hat to the photographer who wangled an upper room in The Britannia – smart move!

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Written by curly

October 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm

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  1. loved the photo graeme look forward to more tomorrow. I thought it a really special night filled with civic pride and one the children who attened will remember for a lifetime,
    Ray

    ray spencer

    October 19, 2010 at 11:53 pm

  2. Agreat party. Obviously planned before Osbourne’s cuts.

    @Garryq

    October 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm

  3. I guess this was planned a long time in advance, and budgeted for, I guess someone knew we’d need a little bit of cheer.

    Currently have no internet access, waiting for Virgin to replace modem, hence posting this from a public wi-fi hotspot. Also means I have not been able to post other pictures today, but hey, they are worth the wait.

    Curly

    October 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    • Someone has to pose the “Big Question” with food,drink and conviviality on offer, where was he? By George I’ve got it, or have I?

      Labour New Boy

      October 21, 2010 at 10:34 pm

  4. Who offers the best hospitality SA or SS Town Hall? Who is quicker over 100 metres Brian Habana or the right winger in a blue hued shirt?

    Labour New Boy

    October 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm

  5. I guess your “left” winger Habana would win this one, although it’s hardly a fair competition ha ha!

    Curly

    October 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm

  6. I hear from the Western Caped Crusader that he is closing in on the fugitive from the Centenary celebrations and that the mighty Springbok Rugby Team are learning how to Carter Ruck…

    Labour New Boy

    October 23, 2010 at 10:20 am


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