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Thurrock History Society celebrate their diamond jubilee

THURROCK Local History Society, inaugurated in 1952, celebrated its 60 years on Thursday 25th October, with an anniversary dinner held in the Gold Room at Orsett Hall.

The Chairman Susan Yates welcomed the Mayor of Thurrock, Councillor Yash Gupta, MP Jackie Doyle-Price and Deputy Mayor Tony Fish as honoured guests, together with Patrons of the Society, John Webb and Christopher Harrold. Also present were the Heritage and Museum Officer, Jonathan Catton and Chairman of the Heritage Forum, Mike Ostler.

In these pleasant surroundings more than 70 members and guests enjoyed a very convivial evening. The after-dinner speeches were well received and paid tribute to the achievements of the society in the course of 60 years.

The Chairman read a letter of congratulations from the Queen and the company drank a loyal toast to the Queen in recognition of her Jubilee year and a toast to the Society, which has grown from a small group to over 120 members.

The original aims to encourage interest in, to collect and disseminate information on the history of Thurrock and to protect as far as possible historic buildings, monuments and landscapes, are still the objectives of the Society.
Members have made active contributions to such projects as the Saxon and Romano British archaeological dig at Mucking in the 60s and 70s, the Coalhouse Fort Project and Davy Down.

They have links with the Essex Archaeological and Historical Congress and other societies throughout Essex. The website which was launched in 2001 has had enquiries and sold publications around the world.

Further information can be found on the website, or by contacting the Secretary, Maggie Smith, 01375 371296.


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