Invitation to join Mayor’s Thanksgiving and Commemoration service

An open invitation has been extended by the Mayor of Darlington for local residents to join in a service of thanksgiving and commemoration.

An open invitation has been extended by the Mayor of Darlington for local residents to join in a service of thanksgiving and commemoration.

 

The Mayor Cllr Jan Taylor will be hosting the special service at St James the Great Church, in Allan Street, Albert Hill, on Sunday 15 April from 2.30pm.

 

It is the latest in a series of celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Charter of Incorporation, granted by Queen Victoria in September 1867, which created the first local authority in in the town which paved the way for the present Darlington Borough Council.

 

The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham Mrs Sue Snowdon and civic dignitaries from across the region will be among the guests to be greeted by the Mayor on arrival.

 

Cllr Taylor said: “The granting of the Charter of Incorporation was an important event in Darlington’s history and I’m pleased to be able to host this service to commemorate its 150th anniversary.

 

“We’ve already had several events to mark the occasion, including a ceremony in the town centre and the unveiling of the restored Charter and an afternoon tea to celebrate the work of local volunteers and I’d love to welcome local residents to join us for this service.”

 

The service will be led by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Father Kenneth Crawford, who kindly agreed to host it at St James, and starts at 2.30pm. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to arrive and be seated by 2.20pm.

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