Join in with the celebrations

Diane Marlbrough
Diane Marlbrough

BIRTHDAY celebrations – which are planned for a library and community centre – are progressing well.

But the planners behind the 50th anniversary activities for the Owton Manor library and community centre, in Hartlepool, are hoping Hartlepool Mail readers can help to ensure the occasion becomes even better.

Officials at the Hartlepool Reference Library in York Road are the people putting together a programme of activities to mark the golden milestone.

The person co-ordinating it all is reference library spokesman Diane Marlbrough.

She told Family Roots: “We are still working on it but we are hoping people can come forward with photographs of the buildings from down the years.

“We also want photographs of any of the activities that were held in either of the buildings.”

Dianne added: “We do know that the community centre used to hold wedding receptions and perhaps people have pictures of those.

“They also held dances and there have been plenty of social activities held there as well.”

Both of the buildings are still open and going strong.

Diane added: “We are putting out an appeal for anyone who has any photographs to kindly donate them. We shall be making copies so we won’t need to keep the original photographs.”

Further details of the date for the exhibition are expected to be announced soon but there’s much more for people to get involved in than just the anniversary celebrations.

The reference library is also the ideal starting point for Hartlepool people wanting to research their family trees.

A free Trace Your Ancestors session is held at the Central Library in York Road, Hartlepool, each Wednesday. Up to 30 people at a time use the service and benefit from facilities including a reference section with its 500 years of recorded history.

The sessions run every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm in the reference library on the first floor. Friendly staff are on-hand to help people get started.