THIS Saturday Wingham Town will be open for business.
John Doust, former manager of the Manning River Times, will officially open the new room at Wingham Museum.
The colourful room is the result of 12 months of hard work and the resourcefulness of 12 volunteers.
Calling themselves the Maintenance Crew, the jovial members of the Manning Valley Historical Society said they were inspired by the town green to create the themed room.
What was once the museum's junk room has undergone an amazing transformation and is now an organised and well laid out feast for the senses.
After completing the enormous task to empty the room, the men could assess what they had to work with. They put their handyman skills to good use and using recycled materials, set about making dividers, plinths and roofs. Everything was painted in fresh bright colours and ready for the new fitout.
Starting with items already housed in the museum, the crew were able to create a series of businesses around the town green.
Surprised at just how much memorabilia they had to work with, they were able to create interesting focal points at every turn. Among the many businesses depicted there is a hospital, dentist, school, butcher and even a cinema.
Working one day a week for an entire year on the one room, the men are justifiably proud of their efforts. With an eclectic mix of backgrounds, including nursing, teaching and farming, the crew combined their skills well mostly honed in their own home renovations to pull the project off.
They are pleased all the hard work is over, particularly the initial sorting of the junk room. They said a large metal model of the old Killawarra bridge was particularly difficult to move due to its heavy weight and one piece construction.
Some visitors have already experienced Wingham Town and the feedback has been positive. They seem very drawn to the toys, according to the volunteers, and have commented on the signage that offers interesting and factual information about the exhibits.
Wingham Museum is located at 12 Farquhar Street and open daily from 10am to 4pm. The official opening of Wingham Town will be this Saturday, September 28 at 2pm. Afternoon tea will follow the opening, please call 6553 5823 to RSVP for catering purposes.