50 years of Kendal - major exhibition by Kendal Civic Society opens in Library

Kendal Civic Society members gather for the opening

Kendal Civic Society members gather for the opening

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A STEADY stream of visitors have been checking out the sights and scenes of a bygone era in Kendal.

The landmark exhibition by Kendal Civic Society is taking place on the first floor of the town library until June 4.

It is to commemorate the formation 50 years ago in 1963 of what was then called the Kendal Civic Trust.

A series of large display banners tell both the story of the society and its campaigns.

It also shows the development and changing face of Kendal over the years in photographs.

Also available to browse or buy are a number of leaflets and books on the background of historic buildings and issues written by society members, who are all volunteers.

The society’s motto is: “Preserve the best of the past, promote the best of the new.”

It was formed to: ‘promote and encourage the making and maintaining of Kendal and its environs as an attractive and stimulating locality in which to live and work and to promote a sense of civic pride.”

It has also donated in the region of £75,000 to different projects and campaigns during its half century of existence, and erected over 50 plaques on buildings and other structures to provide historical information.

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In its Jubilee Year, its major project is the enhancement of the historic Old Police Office Yard which runs between Market Place and Finkle Street.

The registered charity now has over 300 members and you can become a member for £15, or £20 for a joint membership.

For more information, go to www.kendalcivicsociety.org.uk or write to the Membership Secretary, Mrs T Yates, Glenrae, Brigsteer Road, Kendal, LA9 5DY.

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