Garstang historical society celebrate 50th anniversary

Garstang Historical Society committee members with the 50th anniversary cake, from left, Bob Denmark, Maureen Spiers, Peter Burrell, Margaret Marsden, Wendy Pain (Photo courtesy of Anthony Coppin).
Garstang Historical Society committee members with the 50th anniversary cake, from left, Bob Denmark, Maureen Spiers, Peter Burrell, Margaret Marsden, Wendy Pain (Photo courtesy of Anthony Coppin).

Garstang Historical Society members commemorated their own historical milestone recently when the group held its 50th anniversary gathering.

The society was founded circa 1965. The current uncertainty regarding the group’s exact founding date led to a decision to organise the cake-cutting celebration at the December 2015 meeting.

Garstang Historical Society Members enjoyed sampling the society's 50th anniversary cake.

Garstang Historical Society Members enjoyed sampling the society's 50th anniversary cake.

Chairman Peter Burrell told members and supporters at the 70-strong meeting the celebration was to mark the 50th year rather than the specific anniversary.

The society, which meets monthly at Garstang United Reformed Church, regularly sees attendances of up to 80 people - though the November 2015 meeting set a record with 120 in attendance for a lecture on the 1715 Battle of Preston by Dr Bill Shannon of Fulwood.

At the recent half-century celebration the guest speaker was Mr Andy Lowe, a former Lake District National Park planning officer, who gave a talk on the traditional architecture of Lakeland villlages.

He was introduced by chairman Peter Burrell and thanked by committee member Wendy Pain.

The society has recently adopted a logo of a drawing of the remains of one of Garstang’s oldest buildings, Greenhalgh Castle. The logo, drawn by Fleetwood historian, author and archaeologist Brian Hughes, also featured on the 50th birthday cake, which was made and iced by Iced of High Street, Garstang.

A badge with the logo is to be presented to all society members at the next meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, when the speaker will be highways historian David Ratledge whose lecture will be on the latest discoveries (using modern technology) of the routes of Roman roads in Lancashire, including the Ribchester to Lancaster road.