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From Dinosaurs to Shopping Centres…

Over the past few months, the Society has really been out there promoting the heritage of the area… from the hanging of new blue heritage plaques to unveiling timelines…

13529095_1030139337062698_8386942159997612452_nIn May, the Society held an unveiling ceremony at the new Runcorn Hill café, where the Society’s Chair, Peter Blackmore, unveiled a timeline wall of the hills. Also on display was a fossilised footprint of a small dinosaur called a Chirotherium. This was found in one of the quarries on the hill and will go on permanent display at the café. So if you fancy catching a glimpse of heritage that goes way back in time, have a gander down at the cafe and grab a brew whilst you’re there!

They’ve also been busy hanging new heritage plaques in different places around Runcorn. The 19th Blue Plaque was hung for the Runcorn Shopping City (now Shopping Centre). In its day, it was the largest shopping centre of its type in Europe, and although much maligned, it is still a part of Runcorn’s history. The 20th Blue Plaque was hung at the Bridgewater Garden Centre. This was for the many tanneries that gave jobs to many people in the town. As most of you will know, the Garden Centre is on the site of what was the Puritan Tannery (previously Boston Tannery), and it stood on both sides of Halton Road.

It has also been reported to us that the plaque to James Alistair Taylor, the Beatles’ Mr Fixit, has been attracting many Beatles’ fans to the Brindley where the plaque is hung. They have been coming to have photos taken, standing by the plaque…. and please, if you have a snap with the Plaque share it with us on social media!

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