Do you have any memories of Bracknell new town?By Lucy Allen
May 15, 2009
People are being asked for their memories of Bracknell to celebrate the town's 60th anniversary.
Do you remember the first houses in Bracknell new town being built? Can you recall the shops in the old town centre, or the people who ran them?
If so, Bracknell Town Council wants to hear from you.
The council is asking people to write in with their memories of Bracknell, to be included in an exhibition to mark the 60th anniversary of the new town.
The exhibition will open in early June in the council’s offices in Brooke House, High Street.
Already some photographs have been submitted, and The Standard has contributed several articles about the new town, taken from copies of its sister paper, the Wokingham and Bracknell Times, dating back to 1952.
Councillors Denise Whitbread, Isabel Mattick and Chris Turrell have been working on plans to mark the anniversary for the last year.
Cllr Whitbread said: “We want residents to think about what they can contribute to this.
“We want it to be a living exhibition in that it will change, we will update the photographs as we go along, and add more stories, hopefully. There are people who remember coming here just after the war, and remember the houses being built.”
The exhibition is being mounted on boards in the window so people walking past can see it too.
Bracknell was chosen to become a new town on June 17, 1949, under the New Towns Act of 1946.
Under the plans, the market town of 5,000 people was to expand to 25,000, with the aim of providing housing for west Londoners whose homes had been destroyed in World War Two.
Other events to mark the anniversary include a church service being held in Holy Trinity on June 21, and a tree-planting ceremony in The Elms park on July 3.
The town council has also written to the Queen to inform her of the anniversary.
Anyone with memories to submit should send them to Brooke House, High Street, Bracknell, RG12 1LL or email email@example.com.
Anyone with photographs, letters or documents should send copies, not originals, to the council, or take them into the council offices, where staff will be able to make a good copy.
All contributions need to include the sender’s name and address, so they can be attributed properly in the exhibition.