Historic markers unveiled

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.

A window at the Manning Valley Historical Society Inc museum in Wingham has been decorated to mark 50 years of the society.

A window at the Manning Valley Historical Society Inc museum in Wingham has been decorated to mark 50 years of the society.

The first Manning Valley Historic marker for the site where the Wingham museum now stands.

The first Manning Valley Historic marker for the site where the Wingham museum now stands.

Sheila Brownrigg and Scott Reinhard

Sheila Brownrigg and Scott Reinhard

Clr Peter Epov with Di Morrissey and Mave Richardson

Clr Peter Epov with Di Morrissey and Mave Richardson

Susan Ryan with Alan and Lyn Catt

Susan Ryan with Alan and Lyn Catt

The Wingham Chronicle's Elaine Turner with author Di Morrissey

The Wingham Chronicle's Elaine Turner with author Di Morrissey

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