After a slow start, a nostalgic event to raise money for the Mayor of Todmorden’s charities ended up packing the public in!
Organised with the help of Todmorden Photographic Society, it ended up as “standing room only” at the Hippodrome Theatre foyer, said the Mayor, Coun Michael Gill.
Photographs of old Todmorden from the society’s archives were stars of the show, and members of the public had been invited to send in photos of their own to be included.
Coun Gill said: “After a slow start with ticket sales the ‘150 Years of Tod’ event, it turned into a standing room only, audience. I spent the first half hour of the presentation dashing round the theatre digging out chairs from under the stage and anywhere I could find them. People just kept coming in!
“There is clearly a lot of interest locally in our towns past. The photography society provided us with slide projection of around 200 old photos and Robert Priestley of the Antiquarian society gave fascinating insight on every one.
“There was also many photos displayed around the room, many of which were brought in by the audience themselves, sharing their own collections.
“We also had two TV screens running old videos about Todmorden. One of these was a recording of ‘The Brass Beat’ presented by Roy Castle, featuring his visit to Todmorden to film Geoff Love conducting the Todmorden Old Brass band at the Town Hall Concert.”
Tea and buns were provided by the Mayoress and Sandra Peach of Independent Living, along with the Hippodrome one of the Mayor’s charities.
“Thanks to all the volunteers that helped on the day and to the public for participating - we raised around £500,” he said.