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Calendar recalls market history


A calendar depicting events that have taken place in Bingham’s Market Place over the last 100 years is now available.

The 2009 calendar, produced by Bingham Heritage Trails Association, uses many different photographs that they have collated from the town’s residents over several years.

Events include an Olde English Fair held in 1960 to mark the first paving slabs laid in the Market Place.

An image of the Market Place in 1900 is included, along with a wartime parade in the 1940s and celebrations for George V’s silver jubilee in 1935.

People can also see Boxing Day 1910, when the South Notts Hunt took a stirrup cup into the square, and a montage of pictures based on trade.

There are more recent photographs as well, including the 2006 Christmas market and the 2005 celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of VE Day.

The association has produced calendars with different themes for eight years.

A member, Mr Geoff Ashton, said: “We try and get a different idea every year.

“This year, we have gone back to traditional pictures of Bingham. We have plenty of old pictures of the Market Place in our picture library.”

Mrs Dot Mabbott (93) of The Banks, Bingham, was one of the residents to contribute photographs.

She said that she was probably one of the first people to regularly give photographs to the association for their picture archive because she had had a lot of them.

Mrs Mabbott, who has ordered three calendars for 2009, said she liked to share her photographs with others to bring back memories.

A total of 150 calendars have been printed and are available for £3.50.

They can be bought at the newsagents in Eaton Place and direct from Mr Ashton on 01949 875177.

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