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Every Ellesmere Port child to receive Diamond Jubilee brochure depicting 60 years of the towns history

A brochure to commemorate Ellesmere Port’s history in the Queen’s diamond jubilee year will be gifted to each of the town’s children as a lasting memory of a spectacular year of celebrations.

Packed with well-loved local people, a 60-year timeline of the town’s history and images from the 1950s to the present, the brochure will become a keepsake for all generations to enjoy. 

Funded by a range of local sponsors and put together by Ellesmere Port resident and deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire, Anne Davies the project was part of the Our Place commission by elected members to create an all-age, all town event, to get everyone out together.

The glossy brochure began to be distributed to all local schools last week.

It will also be on sale for local residents to purchase at the library, Council’s Civic Way offices and Plus Dane offices, costing just £2, with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation’s Heart Town appeal.

Member of the Ellesmere Port Development Board and local resident, Anne Davies, said: “When the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire pulled his Deputies together and asked them how they could help their communities to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee I thought it would be terrific to provide something for each young person in Ellesmere Port to keep as a lasting memento.

“We have charted the history of our town from the Domesday Book across six decades of the Queen’s reign through to the present day and looking forward to the future.

“I would like to thank all of the sponsors for making this happen but also to everyone who contributed – when I issued an appeal for information, photos and personal recollections I was inundated. I hope everyone will enjoy reading it.”

The brochure was launched at a special event at the Whitby High School last week, whose pupils were the first to receive their copies.

Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Councillor Pat Merrick, said: “We have had much to commemorate as a nation this year and I am delighted to say that the celebrations taking place across Ellesmere Port have been incredible.

“Our town has changed so much over the last 60 years, and Ellesmere Port has so much going for it that I know in another 60 years it will unrecognisable as the place we all know and love today.

“I hope local residents will pass this souvenir booklet down to their children and grandchildren and it becomes something we cherish and shows our pride in our hometown.”

The project has been sponsored by Cheshire West and Chester Council, local councillors, The Whitby High School, Plus Dane, Essar, the Council’s Our Place team, Peel Holdings, EA Technology, Urenco, Innospec, The Port Arcades, Wirral Methodist Housing Association and The Ellesmere Port Development Board.