SEVENTY guests joined Calne Town Council and Strings Incognito Orchestra for a free lunchtime concert in the historic Town Hall to celebrate the 130th anniversary of its opening in 1886.

Audience members, which included residents from local care homes, could trace their memories of the Town Hall back to their youth and joined councillors for the birthday party on Wednesday, July 27.

Deputy Town Mayor councillor Tony Trotman also gave a speech highlighting some of his fondest Town Hall memories over the years.

He said: “My memories go back to the regular dances held here that we looked forward to in our teenage years. The Town Hall has hosted many notable events with visits from Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II to name just a few.

“It was a joy to welcome so many to share in this special event and we all wish for the continued success of this building.”

Strings Incognito, who rehearse in Chippenham, treated the audience to an enjoyable programme of popular songs from across the eras in the the fourth concert at the hall with many members of the audience of singing and dancing along.

“It was a real pleasure to be able to be involved,” conductor Nicola Ashton said. “Playing in the Town Hall definitely feels like a home fixture for us now.”

Donations for tea and cake served during the concert raised a total of £100.44 for the Town Mayor’s charities, which are the Calne branch of the Royal British Legion and Wiltshire-based charity Revival.

Guests were also able to share their memories of the Town Hall during the afternoon and enjoy an array of historic photographs that were displayed for the special occasion, while younger guests took part in a colouring competition.

The Town Hall’s history will once again be celebrated during Calne’s Heritage Week when the building will be joining others for a town-wide open doors day on Saturday, September 10.

To find out more call the Calne Visitor & Community Information Centre on 01249 814000.