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Blasts from past to celebrate town hall birthday

celebrating Heritage ... South Tyneside Mayor Coun Ernest Gibson with a host of characters from the boroughs history brought back to life.

celebrating Heritage ... South Tyneside Mayor Coun Ernest Gibson with a host of characters from the boroughs history brought back to life.

HISTORY was brought to life as South Shields Town Hall marked over a century of being at the heart of democracy in the borough.

South Tyneside Mayor and Mayoress Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley led a tour back through time to mark the building’s 103rd birthday on Saturday.

They called on an expert supporting cast, including re-enactment society members playing the town hall’s very own architect and its first lord mayor, to help open council chambers to the community.

The living history event was the finale of this year’s Local Democracy week.

The blast from the past proved a big hit, with historical figures such as town hall architect Ernest Fetch, Suffragettes movement and South Shields-born Second World war hero Captain Richard Annand being brought to life by the Northumberland-based Time Bandits historical re-enactment group.

The grand hall was then wished many happy returns as councillors and guests enjoyed a 103rd birthday cake.

Coun Gibson said: “We celebrated our 103rd birthday marked with a live heritage link in the form of a tour around the town hall.

“We’ve had a lot of people here today and throughout the week.

“People have learnt about the town hall, what councillors do and what the town hall does.”

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