Borough Council of Wellingborough

Community help celebrate 100th anniversary of Swanspool House and Gardens

Published Thursday, 13 June 2019

Residents joined the Mayor of Wellingborough and the Friends of Swanspool Gardens for a special event to commemorate the centenary of the gifting of Swanspool House and Gardens to the town.

The Friends of Swanspool Gardens, in partnership with the council, held the event on Saturday 8 June from 2pm in Swanspool Gardens and the Pavilion.

The Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Jo Beirne, opened the celebration and presented the three winners of the photography competition with framed copies of their drawings. The competition was held with local primary school pupils to draw a picture of Swanspool House. Sisters Ivy Dufeu age 4 and Bella Dufeu age 7 from St Barnabas School and Lily Wells age 5 from Redwell Primary School joined the Mayor in opening the event.

The local community were able to see old photographs of Swanspool House and enjoy a tombola, discovery trail and performances by the Salvation Army Band and African Drummers.

Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Beirne, said: “It was a wonderful afternoon despite the poor weather. The Salvation Army Band and the African drummers brought great spirit. The children who won the Drawing competition were a credit to their parents and schools, such pretty pictures.  “Congratulations to Cllr Anslow and the officers for organising such a lovely Swanspool Centenary Event.”

Swanspool Ward representative, Cllr Valerie Anslow, added: “Swanspool House and Gardens are a key part of our town’s history and it was lovely to see so many residents in the pavillion telling fellow residents about their memories of the gardens.”