150th Anniversary celebrations - crackers, concert and carols
Following September's successful celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Reigate and Redhill becoming a Municipal Borough, attention turms to three remaining Anniversary events before the end of this special year. First a thrilling Firework Display will take place in Redhill's Memorial Park on Thursday 21 November to launch the town's Christmas event. Admission is free. More details will be available shortly. Then two days later on Saturday 23 November Redhill Sinfonia are giving a concert at Reigate Park Church at 7.45pm. The programme includes Holst's The Perfect Fool (Ballet music), Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, Saint-Saens' Symphony No 3 (the Organ Symphony). Tickets £11 (under 18s £5) available from members of the orchestra, on the door or from www.WeGotTickets.com. A fortnight or so later comes the final event to mark the Anniversary, Carols at the Belfry, on Sunday 8 December at 7pm at Redhill's Belfry Shopping Centre. This is an annual event (now in its 20th year) which attracts hundreds of people from Redhill's churches and the wider community each year. This year churches in Reigate are also being invited. The special guest is BBC TV newsreader Nicholas Owen. Admission is free.
September's events began with an evening of local historical films at the Harlequin, including a film of the Centenary celebrations in 1963, The special guest was Maggie Kear, Carnival Queen that year, who shared her recollections of 50 years ago. On Tuesday the Duchess of Gloucester visited the Triumphal Arch erected in Tunnel Road, Reigate, a replica of the arch which greeted Queen Victoria when she passed through the town in 1837. Wednesday was the actual anniversary of the signing of the charter and at the evening audio-visual presentation of the history of the two towns a facsimile of the Charter was presented to the Mayor, to go on permament public display at the Town Hall. The rest of the week's events went off as planned, culminating in a popular Victorian Weekend in Redhill, complete with nostalgic entertainment in the Belfry Shopping Centre and rides round the town centre in a horse-drawn bus which used to travel between Reigate and Redhill more than 100 years ago.