I am a freelance writer specialising mainly in health and education and living in Staffordshire. Find me on Linked In
Enjoy tea with the Mayor and explore historic building
People in and around Tamworth in Staffordshire are being offered a rare opportunity to explore one of the region's most historic buildings and also have tea and cakes with the Mayor. Tamworth Town Hall was built in 1701 by Thomas Guy, the then MP for Tamworth, with the area beneath the hall serving as the Butter Market before later housing the town's first fire engine. The clock on the front of the Town Hall was presented to the town in 1812 by the then owner of Tamworth Castle, John Robbins, while Tamworth's most famous politician, Sir Robert Peel, reportedly read the first political manifesto to local people from the Town Hall window in 1834. Now, the current Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Richard Kingstone, is welcoming in the New Year by inviting people to join him for tea and cake at the first of a series of open days, with the first one taking place on Saturday 11 January between 11am and 2pm.
Explore what lies within historic Tamworth Town Hall
Richard who was elected Mayor of Tamworth in May 2019, is hoping that as many people as possible sign up to discover what lies behind the mystery green door on Market Street. Visitors will be able to see the main chamber and the Mayor's parlour and also view the civic collection, while learning more about the building's long and rich history. One of the open days is on Saturday 29 February which could provide the perfect opportunity for any ladies who would like to propose to their loved ones in the splendour of the Town Hall, in keeping with the time-honoured leap year tradition. Richard said: "I'm opening the doors to the Town Hall as often as I can during my mayoral year as there are so many people who have never seen the wonders it holds. I want to raise awareness of this lovely historic Tamworth building. This January's event will be a great opportunity for people to start the new year with a tour of this wonderful building, while learning all about the hall's history. Don't worry if you haven't made it along yet as the open days will continue in February."
Get a close-up look at the Mayor's Parlour and ceremonial robes