ON May 20, 1964 a meeting was held in Wingham to form the Manning Valley Historical Society Inc. Fifty years later celebrations are being held to commemorate that event.
Yesterday, May 20 celebrations began when the first Manning Valley historic marker was unveiled at the Wingham Museum on Farquhar Street. Author Di Morrissey revealed the plaque to more than 50 onlookers there to enjoy the historic moment.
The unveiling was officially scheduled for 4.30pm but unforseen roadworks on Bent Street created a noisy backdrop. Unfortunately a pause in activities was not forthcoming and the ceremony took place despite the noise with the actual time of unveiling being 5pm.
President of the Manning Valley Historical Society Barbara Waters welcomed members of the public and the society including Alan Carlyle who was also present at the original meeting in 1964.
A cocktail reception followed at the Manning Spiritual Wellness Centre, Farquhar Street (old Masonic Hall) where photographs from the society's collection were on display and for sale.
Celebrations continue on Saturday, May 24 when the Manning Valley Historical Society will host a pageant of fashion's of the past at Wingham Services Club's auditorium in Bent Street at 2pm. Following the parade afternoon tea will be served.
The cost is $20 and tickets are available from the museum or the services club.