26th Oct, 2016

Photo project offers a window into our past

Evesham Editorial 4th Dec, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

COUNCIL chiefs have captured life in the Vale over the past century and breathed new life into a tired part of Evesham’s Town Hall with an ambitious new project.

A number of photo boards have been put up in the windows of the former PJ’s Bar at the town hall, many with a focus on life in Evesham during the First World War.

The new project is the culmination of much work by Evesham Town Council led by Mayor Charlie Homer, whose idea it was.

Following discussions on how the derelict ground floor could be brought back to life after lying empty for years, the project came to life thanks to the popular Facebook group ‘Photos and Memories of Evesham Past’ led by Coun Emma Haynes.

The Town Council contacted Miss Haynes and asked her and her group to assist them by publicising the project.

Council bosses hoped the project would not only enhance a key building, but also draw people into town and mark the 100 years since the commencement of the First World War.

A number of submitted photos together with images from the council’s archive have been reproduced by Areca Design and attached to the windows.

Coun Homer said: “This exciting project will not only reinvigorate the ground floor of one of the town’s most prominent buildings, but will also be a poignant way of marking the start of the First World War.

“This project has got Evesham at its core and I know that the displays look fantastic.

“One of the most moving photos shows young soldiers being inspected by the Mayor in the Market Square before being sent off to fight, and it gives a sense of perspective when you compare it to the challenges we face today.” he added.

Photos and Memories of Evesham Past founder Coun Emma Haynes said: “Thanks to Evesham Town Council for taking on the project.

“The Photos and Memories of Evesham Past Facebook group has been so popular, it’s lovely that we are able to build on this and share photos with all of Evesham’s residents, as well as visitors.” she added.