Organisations from across the community are coming together to plan how to commemorate the number of significant local and national anniversaries of 2014 in Northampton.
A steering group with members from Northampton Borough Council, The Royal British Legion, Friends of Northampton Castle, Royal & Derngate theatres and Northamptonshire County Council will meet regularly to plan how to mark landmark dates for the town in 2014 which include the 825th anniversary of the charter being granted by Richard I to make Northampton a borough, the 850th anniversary of the trial of Thomas a Becket at Northampton Castle and the 750th anniversary of the first Battle of Northampton.
The working group will also plan and organise events to mark the really significant national anniversaries of 2014 – the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, will chair the steering group. He said: “There will be a number of important local and national anniversaries in 2014 and we want to make sure that we all come together in Northampton to mark them all in the best way we can.”
“Many people will remember the 800th anniversary of the Charter in 1989 and we want to make next year a big celebration for local people to mark a milestone in our town’s history.”
“Our town is growing pride and changing for the better and our heritage is a very important part of that. We want to make sure that people across the borough are able to learn more about our history and significance.”
A website has been set up as the one-stop-shop for 2014 events and for people to leave suggestions on how they can be marked. You can find it at www.northampton.gov.uk/2014