Collection of photos and memorabilia takes visitors through Padiham's past (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Collection of photos and memorabilia takes visitors through Padiham's past
3:00pm Monday 1st October 2012 in News
MEMORIES of Padiham’s past came flooding back to visitors at a special exhibition in the town hall.
The eighth annual Padiham Archives Exhibition was held over the weekend in the ballroom and featured a plethora of old photos and memorabilia.
New features this year included the Padiham Olympians, Padiham characters, aerial and rooftop views of the town, royal celebrations in Padiham and history of the town’s cotton mills and Co-op stores.
The event was put together by Ann and Bob Clark, former mayor and mayoress of the town, who collate, and catalogue, the ever-growing archives.
A variety of photographs dating back decades were on display for visitors to browse, including a selection taken by amateur photographer Bobby Ashworth, who inspired the idea for the archives, when he handed over his own collection of images.
Pictures from keen photographer Alan Dodgeon also formed part of a feature on characters who have graced Padiham in their time.
The exhibition included images of royal visits and celebrations going back to Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, a visit by George V, and the street parties held to celebrate the Queen’s coronation in 1953.
And a special display of Padiham’s Olympic heroes from the past showcased images of cyclist Harry Hill, and track athlete Alfred Tysoe.
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