Glossop Heritage Trust

The Centenary of the Borough of Glossop.

Dozens of events, taking place between May and October 1966, were scheduled to celebrate Glossop Centenary Year. Some were “special editions” of regular events but many were especially arranged for the Centenary year. This page has been created by reference to editions of the Glossop Chronicle and the use of souvenir publications owned by a Glossop Heritage Trust member, in addition to material in the Trust Archive.


Tuesday 3, Glossop F. C. Centenary Football Match.
The Glossop Select team lost 5-1 to Derby County in a game described by the Chronicle as “lots of fun for all”:
Surrey Street has never seen anything like it. What with six goals, crowds spilling on to the field, little boys waving rattles and carrying banners and fires started behind the goals, this centenary match had the real atmosphere of fiesta.
One of Glossop's largest crowds of all time saw a fine, sporting game in which Derby's superiority was apparent from the start. They had vital punch and mounted attack after attack.
With Welshman Alan Durban outstanding, Derby were soon two up through Thomas and Hodgson. They added a third in the 35th minute when Ron Webster headed one home.
Poor old Glossop just could not get going. Ex-Manchester City winger Roy Clarke tried to jinx his way down the wing but found he was not as quick as he used to be and David Hamilton hardly measured up.
Derby almost made it four in the 44th minute when a Durban shot was tipped over the bar by Mike Ashton, the Glossop right-half.
Goalkeeper Reg Mathews took the penalty but his shot hit the post and he was forced to scamper back to his goal with the Glossop forwards in hot pursuit.
At half time the players, for the second time were once more at the mercy of autograph hunters.
Bill Grundy, deputising for David Hamilton for the second half, was pushed on to the field in a wheel chair to the centre half berth. David watched from the sidelines, but he couldn’t bear the suspense any longer and soon Glossop had 12 men. By now, the result didn’t matter. As a matter of fact Glossop can be thankful Hamilton was on, for he scored their only goal in the 80th minute! A Tim Ward penalty kick was pushed out by Mathews and Hamilton made no mistake.
But by that time Glossop were five down. Earlier in the half Mr Perpetual Motion Gordon Hughes, whose bursts of speed carved gaping holes in the Glossop defence, had scored two crackers.
Bob Browne played a great game in the Glossop goal.
Glossop: Bob Browne; Stuart Hall, Freddie Pye; Mike Ashton, Tim Ward, Henry Cockburn; David Hamilton, Bill O'Loughlin, Ray Woolley, Bob Walker, Roy Clarke and Bill Grundy.
Derby County: Mathews; Richardson, Daniel; Webster, Saxton, Waller; Hughes, Thomas, Upton, Durban, Hodgson.

Football match programme cover
Football match programme cover

Thursday 19, Councillor Ada Williams elected as Mayor.
Councillor Williams was elected at the annual meeting of Glossop Borough Council. In part of her acceptance speech she spoke of the significance of the centenary year: “We can, in spite of many failures look back with dignity and pride on 100 years in the life of the people of this borough. We have a wonderful heritage. We owe much to those who made this world fit for us to live in. Now we are stewards and trustees for the future. Just as we are building today upon foundations laid by our forefathers so will generations yet unborn build upon foundations we are now laying. How important therefore that we should look well ahead, for good policies and, having done so, see to it that we have the courage to carry them out. Throughout the coming months there will be a variety of celebrations which we hope will not only increase our debt to the past but make us realise our responsibilities as citizens of today.”.

Saturday 21 - Beacon and barbecue on the Nab by Glossop Boy Scouts.
The beacon lit by Glossop Scouts on top of the Nab Hill over-looking Glossop was seen by thousands. A clear night meant that the blaze was visible across the valley. The Mayor (Councillor Mrs. Ada Williams) went up to see the beacon lit.

Sunday 22 - Mayor’s Sunday.
History was made when the Mayor’s procession to church was held in Hadfield for the first time. Councillor Williams was a life-long Methodist and member of Hadfield Methodist Church (Bank Street) so naturally chose it as the venue for the civic service on the morning of Mayoral Sunday. Both the Methodist minister and Church of England minister in Hadfield officiated in the service. The procession left Hadfield station yard at 10-30 a.m. and travelled to Bank Street via Railway Street, Church Street, Queen Street, Hadfield Road and Old Cross. Following the service the procession returned to Hadfield station yard via Bank Street and Station Road.
In the evening Mrs Williams attended the Glossop Parish Church service.

Civic service programme cover
Civic service programme cover
Mrs Ada Williams
Mrs Ada Williams, Mayor 1966-67

Sunday 22 - 5th/8th Battalion the Sherwood Foresters (T. A.).
The Military band concert in Norfolk Square delighted a good crowd of listeners for about half-an-hour but then there came a sudden downpour. Sheets of music were blown across the square and the band had to retire to the safety of the Town Hall to complete the rest of the programme.
A ceremonial Beat the Retreat had been scheduled for about 5-30 p.m., on the market ground, but had to be cancelled as a result of the bad weather.

Friday 27 - Centenary carnival queen dance at the Victoria Hall.
There were some 30 entrants in the competition to be chosen Glossop’s Centenary Carnival Queen. Shortlisting took place at a dance at Glossop Town Hall on Saturday, February 26, the three main attributes on which contestants were judged being appearance, deportment and personality. The Carnival Queen, Kathleen Harrison, of Cliffe Road, Glossop, was chosen from the six finalists at a special dance on May 27 at the Victoria Hall.

Glossop Centenary handbook.
The handbook became obtainable from the town clerk's department at the beginning of the month, being described as good value for money at 2s. 6d. Covering the town's history from 1866-1966, it gave up-to-date information about the borough and included several handsome pictures. There were sections on leading Glossopians, the future of the borough, and notable Glossop associations, and a comment by the Mayor (Mrs A. Williams).

Centenary Handbook cover
Centenary Handbook cover

Saturday 4 - Glossop Centenary Bowls Cup.
The event, organised by Longdendale Amateur Bowling League, was held at Manor Park and won by ex-Hollingworth fast bowler Harry Thorley. Sixty-seven bowlers competed with both greens being fully occupied till the final at 9 p m.

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 - Golf tournament at Glossop Golf Club.
The tournament, described as exceeding all expectations, attracted about 200 players,h including some from clubs as far afield as North Manchester and Bakewell. The Borough Centenary Salver was won by brothers Michael and David Taylor, sons of the Glossop club president Mr Ernest Taylor.

Sunday 12 – Single wicket competition at Glossop Cricket Club.
The single-wicket competition for the Centenary Cup attracted a big crowd to North Road, Glossop. After some entertaining cricket with some big hitting, the winner was Philip Wilkinson (Old Glossop) who beat Peter Bates (Dinting) in the final.

Saturday 18 - Centenary swimming gala at Wood’s Baths, organised by Glossop Swimming Club.
The Centenary Gala differed from the usual Glossop Swimming Club Gala as it took the form of an inter-town age group competition with four towns (Hyde, Marple, Stalybridge and Glossop) competing tor the Glossop Centenary Cup (presented by Glossop Town Council). The event was attended by a capacity crowd who saw keen swimming and exciting finishes. The lead changed throughout the event but eventually Hyde emerged as winners, holding the cup for 12 months. It was intended that in future years the Centenary Cup would be competed for by four towns in four squadron events.

Saturday 25 – Centenary Carnival at Pyegrove Fields.
The Chronicle report paints the picture:
The vehicular procession left Hadfield station yard and was joined by those on foot at Dinting Lane. The Glossop Chronicle printed a detailed description of a successful day:
Who dares to say carnivals are not popular today? Not many in Glossop, because about 5,000 turned up at Pyegrove Fields to catch the carnival spirit on Saturday - it was Glossop's most spectacular event since pre-war days.
Thousands lined the route when Glossop centenary carnival received wonderful support. Although the weather was uncertain, rain held off until mid-afternoon so that the colourful two-mile-long procession was uninterrupted.
With a 20-year gap between carnivals, many people had been pessimistic about the event. But they need not have worried. The crowds were deep around Norfolk Square to see the procession arrive at High Street West.
Glossop’s Mayor (Mrs A. Williams) told the Glossop Chronicle: “I think the whole town can be proud of their effort to make this centenary carnival a success - it was wonderful.”
All the entrants for the carnival parade showed praiseworthy originality in producing bright and topical, smartly decorated tableaux and the individual fancy dresses were humorous and charming.
The centenary queen, brunette Kathleen Harrison, was driven in a vintage car towards the front of the parade.
Local industries were to the fore, vividly depicting how the industry of the borough has developed to its present day diversity
We had this revealed brilliantly in the Maconochie Brothers entry - the witches stirring the cauldron was contrasted with today’s modern food making methods.
One Glossop school produced for us a glimpse which extended even further into the past with Roman soldiers carrying shields and spears - a formidable array as they approached the waiting crowds.
A pack of beagles with horse-riding huntsmen evoked a breath of old England and the arm waving dancing troupes, jazz bands and entertainers followed in their spick-and-span uniforms, blondes and brunettes marching in high-stepping unison.
The tiniest members had bootees stretching almost up to their knees but it never hampered their progress.
Cine cameras buzzed and the pavement watchers strained forward to give the advancing mass of colour a cup-winner-size welcome to the martial music of Glossop, Tintwistle and Hollingworth Bands.
We even had the legal profession backing us up as an effective wig and gown disguised one of the street collectors and transformed him into a barrister of high degree.
But there were other fancy dress eye-catching entries varying from the boyhood heroes of yesterday, “Just William,” to today’s ace criminal chasers, “Batman.” And for the younger ones a realistic “Pinky and Perky.”
A display of products of more local firms, Ritz Manufacturing Co., and Lux Lux Ltd., with girl employees busy at their sewing machines, the Girl Guides with their tents, the rather grimmer Road Safety tableaux warning of accidents.
Still they came - a Wood’s Hospital turn-out with nurses gathered round a bed, adventurous youth club entries and rose queen tableaux bedecked with flowers and smiling youngsters.
The British Legion contributed a poppy-dominated entry moving in its simplicity and a local bakery proudly announced 40 years of bread making to the multitude.
St. Christopher’s youngsters showed what the handicapped can make, Glossop Red Cross gave yet another reminder of how the injured are treated with care and the Boy Scouts demonstrated yet again their versatility, with frying pans to the fore.
Rhythmic Interludes came from the group of musicians on a brewery lorry, Isaac Jackson’s mammoth nut and bolt was a proud illustration of Glossop’s century of progress, and the Aquarist Society provided the biggest of contrasts, with their "mermaid.”
A note of solemnity came from the religious community - as a banner proclaimed that “God so loved the world” more effective displays from Ferrostatics (with a fitting shop) Frankenstein’s (with naval atmosphere) and Vol-Crepe’s up-to-the-minute entry.
From C.P.A. came a particularly gorgeous and multicoloured tableaux, while the mountain rescue men had a realistic rescue operation to fascinate all.
These were only a few of the highlights of the parade which pleased thousands and made more than one person comment with pride, “Glossop can put on a good show when it wants.”
The Mayor presented prizes after judging had taken place on Pyegrove Fields, where the rain-soaked ground presented some trouble to the heavy vehicles, some of which had to be towed off.
There were sideshows, a Wild West episode, and dancing and music for the visitors who made it an occasion for a family outing - buses to the Sheffield Road stop were packed and cars were jammed.
Taking part in the parade were:-
Glossop Evening Townswomen’s Guild, Calico Printers Association, Levi Jackson, Ferrostatics Limited, Isaac Jackson and Sons, Lux Lux and Ritz, Glossop Whitfield Youth Centre, Lomas Bros., Partington Social and Theatre Club, Pennine Division Girl Guides, Pennine Division Brownies, Cornforth and Sons, National Children’s Welfare, Bruckshaw's, Glossop Co-op Society, Mountain Rescue, Frankenstein's, A. B. Taylor, J. Andrews, Glossop Aqua Club, Young Conservatives, St. Andrew’s Rose Queen, Centenary Queen, visiting Carnival Queens, British Red Cross, St. John Ambulance Brigade, Road Safety, Wood's Hospital, Marple Carnival Queen, Glossop Service Station, British Legion, Maconochie Bros., and Philip Howard School.
Carnival jazz bands were: Salford Eldorados, Crown Premier, Widnes All Girls, Reddish Green, Kirby Imperial.
Troupes: Acromites, Spa Majorettes, Mairi Anderson Scottish Dancers, Broomedge, Central Entertainers, Superior, Supreme, Ritz Toppers, Wild West Troupe, and Fox Hounds and Keepers.
Bands were: Glossop Prize, Tintwistle Prize, Hollingworth Prize.
Fancy dress: Norman Holden, Irene and Rosalind Leonards, C. Eyre, Herman Taylor, J. Foster, Peter Jack, Lorraine Walker, Howard Hill.
The carnival committee consisted of: Chairman: Mr. H. Farrimond; vice-chairman: Mr M. Fidler; joint secretaries: Mr K. S. Lee and Mrs R. Raddon: treasurer: Mr Kerle; and Sergeant Austin, Mrs P. Bean. Mr A. Bowler. Mr A. Clarke. Mrs D. Cullen, Mr C. Dowling. Mr J. Hetherington, Mr Hindle, Mrs M. Machin, Mrs G. Shaw and Mr Wilde.
Centenary Carnival programme cover
Centenary Carnival programme cover
Miss Kathleen Harrison

Miss Kathleen Harrison, Centenary Carnival Queen

Sunday 26 - Gymkhana at Manor Park.
This was Glossop's biggest-ever gymkhana and horse show, with something to appeal to both adults and children. One of the biggest attractions was the leading-rein pony section for children under eight. There were pony breeding classes run by the Northern Counties Pony Breeders' Association for the first time in this district. Manor Park's leafy surroundings provided the perfect setting for this centenary show.

Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 - Untimed driving trials on the market ground, organised by the Glossop Car Club.
Twenty-two people entered, showing how manoeuvres like parking and reversing into narrow spaces should be done. Prizewinners were G. Harrison; T. Hockenhull; R. Chatterton and Dr M. Cook.

Saturday 2 - Exhibition of firearms at Town Hall, arranged by Howardtown Small Arms Club.
Firearms of every kind, many of still in use by them the club members and all perfect condition, were on show. They ranged from a Brown Bess, dating from 1756, to the most modern machine gun and included a first world war 13 mm German anti-tank gun, a Carl Gustav rocket launcher, a Russian Imperial Musket from the Crimean War, a French 11 mm calibre Chassonot from the Franco-Prussian War, a Brunswick muzzle-loading rifle (the first percussion weapon in military use), a Martini Henry and an Austrian air gun. There was an American Civil War cannon, a Remmington rolling block rifle used by the Mahdi against the British in Sudan, a flintlock rifle, 1860 needle gun, muzzle loaders, cavalry carbines and many more. This exhibition was without doubt the best firearm display shown in Glossop, and probably the best ever seen in the area.

Sunday 3 - Glossop Cricket Club v Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
A large crowd, on a perfect sunny afternoon, watched Glossop take on a Derbyshire team that included the fast bowler Harold Rhodes, a former pupil of St Andrew's School, Hadfield, where he was taught by the Mayor (Mrs Ada Williams). Derbyshire batted first and scored 197, Glossop being all out for 78. The score and result didn't really matter. Glossopians had a cricket treat and the youngsters in the crowd filled their autograph books.

Wednesday 6 - Schools' Music Festival at the Glossop School.
Two hundred children from Glossop's primary schools made up the choir at the festival of music, presenting a wide variety of songs. There were also items by recorder and percussion groups, and guest artistes, from among Glossop’s older pupils, included a quartet of cornet and trombone players, a team of hand-bell ringers and soloists.

Sunday 24 - Production car trials at Bankswood Park, Hadfield, organised by Glossop Car Club.
Some 55 entrants, with cars ranging from 840 cc to upwards of 1,500 cc, including family saloons and sports took part in the event. This was the first time the “Brentwood” trials had been held in Glossop. Driving rain and high winds made things difficult in the morning but in the afternoon the sun and strong wind helped to dry out the course and performances gradually improved. In spite of the conditions only one car overturned and the only damage was a dented roof. The overall winner (Brentwood Cup) was J. A. Lochhead and the Centenary Cup was won by G. A. Dale.

Schools Gardening Competition.
This event was open to schools to compete to create the best school plot. Eleven schools took part, each one taking a bed in Manor Park to design and create their own floral arrangement. The winner was Hadfield Nursery School.

Monday 8 to Saturday 13 - Industrial exhibition at the Town Hall.
Members of the Glossop and District Industrial Association provided an opportunity to see what was made in Glossop and District and the many opportunities for well paid employment in the town.

Saturday 20 - Floral and horticultural exhibition at the Town Hall, organised by Glossop and District Gardening Club.
The club's annual show included an exhibition depicting Glossop's industries past and present.

Saturday 20 to Saturday 27 - C.W.S. events at the Victoria Hall.
The society ran a number of successful events to celebrate Centenary year. The celebrations began with a concert on Saturday in which the C.W.S. Male Voice Choir and Edith Chatterton and D. W. Rothery entertained at the Victoria Hall. There was a mannequin parade on Tuesday, on Thursday Co-op employees enjoyed a social and on Saturday there was a children's fancy-dress parade in the Victoria Hall. Climax to the week came on Saturday night when there were queues to hear a concert by the C.W.S. (Manchester) Band. Alex Mortimer conducted and Thomas White was bandmaster. Music by such popular composers as Offenbach. Lehar, Sullivan and Tchaikovsky was enjoyed by an audience of more than 400. It was the first time for years that people have had to be turned away from a concert at the “Vic”. Proceeds from all the Co-op events went to St. Christopher’s Trust for mentally handicapped children.

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 - Glossop Grand Prix cycle race arranged by the Glossop Velo Road Club.
The event, which consisted of a road stage and time trial on Saturday and a longer road stage on Sunday, attracted 60 riders. Only 21 o5 the 60 starters finished and no team completed the course. The winner was Kevin Wood of the Oldham Century club who won all three stages.

Friday 2 and Saturday 3 – Art exhibition at the Town Hall.
More than 140 exhibits were shown at the exhibition, which was attended by hundreds of people. Many of the paintings featured local scenes with others of places further afield. Oil paintings were in the majority, but there were also a few water colours, lino prints, crayon and pen and ink sketches. Another section was devoted to sculpture, ceramics, crafts and floral arts. Arrangements for the exhibition were made by Mr and Mrs E. Dunsmore, Mr H. A. Bintliff and Mrs K. Wadsworth.

Sunday 18 - Glossop F. C. Centenary Football Knock-out Final.
The competition, open to works sides and scratch teams in the Glossop area, was organised by Glossop F.C. Sixteen teams paid 11 shillings each to enter. The first round matches were played over a fortnight starting on August 27, with a match each night excluding Sunday.
The final was the first Sunday game to be played in Glossop for years and the first ever at the Surrey Street ground. It was all ticket as it was illegal, at the time, for money to be taken at the gate. In the final Ferrostatics beat Commercial Inn three nil in a game which was more evenly matched than the scoreline suggests. It was attended by the biggest crowd of the season at Surrey Street, bordering on 700.
Ferrostatics: Roy Murphy; Wood, Bailey; Barlow, Elliott, Bray; Ball, Cavanagh, Willerton, Poole, Laurens.
Commercial Inn: Webster; T. Hill, G. Allsopp; B. Bridge, T. Kenyon. J. Dwyer; H Mountain, I. Wilson, A. Allsopp, P. Hill, E. Thompson.

Ferrostatics team
Commercial Inn team
The Ferrostatics and Commercial Inn teams.

Saturday 24 - Ox-roasting and barbecue in Manor Park, Glossop.
The 500lb ox was given by Mettricks butchers for the first event of its type in the town for about 40 years. Roasting started late on the Friday night and went on through Saturday. A marquee was provided with a licensed bar and entertainment for the large crowd by Jim Mainland's folk group The Cob Coalers.

Friday 30 to Monday 3 - Schools' exhibition.
The exhibition, named Primary School Survey, attracted a large crowd. Held in the town hall it depicted life in the borough from 1900 to the (then) present day. Articles collected by the children included a coffee grinding machine used in the 19th century, an old telephone, old costumes, and pottery. Models of local churches were featured.

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 - Centenary Well-dressing.
The Chronicle provided a full report of the event:
Once a hamlet, now part of the town of Glossop, Whitfield took a look into the past this weekend, when Glossop Whitfield Youth Centre organised a well dressing ceremony and a rush-cart procession. More than 10,000 people visited the wells, and put over £60 in the water, in copper and silver.
Preparations had been going on for weeks. Youth club members made mile after mile of garlands and streamers. Heather was collected by the armful from the moors around Glossop. Flags and buntings which had not seen the light of day since the Coronation were brought out. dusted down and made ready. Rushes were collected, a cart found.
A week to go and the streamers were distributed to the houses of Whitfield, as many as they wanted. Then the householders showed their skill.
For days everything was hectic. Small terraced houses, council houses, flats and prefabs were all transformed as they were decked in orange, blue, yellow, green and red festoons.
Very soon all the buntings were in place. Houses across the street were joined from the upstairs windows. The motorist felt he was driving under a canopy.
With all this going on it was a wonder the wells themselves were not forgotten - but they were not.
Right through Friday night people worked by spotlight, dressing them with reeds, heather, rushes and flowers.
The day had arrived and everything was complete. Last minute hitches were ironed out. The various bodies made their way to Surrey Street to start the proceedings.
In driving rain the procession made its way from Surrey Street to the wells. Its route lay through the gaily decorated streets. But the heavy rain had its effect and there were sparse crowds on Glossop High Street to see a Military Police Land Rover, lead the marchers.
In the place of honour at the head came the traditional horse drawn rush cart. A sight not seen in Glossop since 1934. The scarlet cart with a roof of rushes from which hung two gleaming copper kettles, was drown by a ribbon and flower decked horse, mane plaited and coat shining. Leading the cart was Mr W. Carter, an old hand at decorating horses and carts. Another of the many people who gave his help voluntary to the youth club.
Following came the open car carrying the opener of the wells, Miss Wendy Pashley, a talented young soprano, just back from a tour in London.
Sharing an umbrella with Wendy, was the runner-up in the Glossop Centenary Queen contest. Mrs Kathleen Thompson.
A group of people representing the Bee Hive Inn, Glossop, entered into the swing of things. We had a top hatted figure pushing a child in a pram-cum-racing car, and two children dressed as Little Bo Peep and Aladdin.
One of the district's finest young bands, the Tintwistle Junior, accompanied the procession. giving all the famous marches. Close behind came the newly-formed Tintwistle Junior Morris Dancers, children from school starting age to leaving age, dressed in kingfisher blue silk costumes, all high stepping, arm waving and tambourine bashing.
The procession was completed by the 1st Glossop Scout and Cub troops.
As the procession reached Whitfield the rain eased off. The residents gave them a rousing welcome.
With Whitfield Cross closed to traffic a large crowd gathered to watch Miss Pashley open the decorated Wells. The Tintwistle Morris Dancers were joined by the Navalettes Dancers. United Kingdom and British champions. Accompanied by Tintwistle Band they entertained with dancing and acrobatics.
Tombola, wheel of fortune, picking straws. All the usual sideshows were featured and all were well patronised
Officials of the club, with Miss Pashley and Mrs Thompson spent an hour touring Whitfield, looking for the best dressed house. They finally chose the home of Mr and Mrs Eric Calvert, of 5 Highfield Road. The Calverts had spent hours decorating their flat with ribbons and flowers.
They had even made a miniature wishing well for the garden and hung arches of flowers over their door.
Miss Pashley also judged the fancy dress contest and gave first prize to Nina Yates, dressed as an Indian girl.
As it grew dark the wells were illuminated to cope with the steady flow of visitors. Fairy lights in houses on the surrounding streets were switched on and everything had a carnival atmosphere.
A hot-pot supper was served later at the Whitfield Youth Centre. As the evening drew to a close, the youth club members danced in the streets to records.
Different people have different ways of working up an appetite for their Sunday lunch. Eleven men from Whitfield decided that the best way was to run a 500 yard race pushing a pram containing another man.
The Mayor, Councillor Mrs A. Williams, with the Town councillor’s joined the large crowd. She presented the winners, Stanley Parker and Bill Parkin, with their prizes.
In the afternoon came the serious part of the ceremony, the blessing of the water.
A large crowd gathered on the Cross as a procession of scholars, Brownies, Guides, choir, and members of Whitfield St. James's Church, accompanied by Glossop Band came up from the church.
The Rev G. S. D. Black, vicar of Whitfield and the Rev F. Whitehead, curate at St Luke's Church, were joined in the procession by Councillor Mrs Williams, Mr D. K Hodgkinson, Town Clerk of Glossop, and town councillors.
A service was held outside the wells and the real meaning of well dressing and a rush cart became clear.

Well Dressing crowd
W. Carter with rush cart
The service of blessing
Scenes from the Well dressing celebrations.

Tuesday 4 - Fashion show and pageant of fashion at the Victoria Hall.
As their contribution to the centenary celebrations Whitfield Women's Institute gave a fashion show with clothes from the 19th century to the (then) present day. Furs, ostrich feathers, feather boas, and a “flapper2 from the roaring twenties, provided amusement.

Saturday 8 - Concert by the Manchester Mozart Orchestra at Glossop School.
The first visit by a professional orchestra to Glossop since the days of the District Music Club, proved a popular centenary attraction for music-lovers when the Manchester Mozart Orchestra appeared at the concert organised by Mr Francis Rawlinson. Martin Browne conducted and Bryan Cryer was the soloist in Mozart's piano concerto No. 12 in A major. Other pieces were Britten's Simple Symphony, an extract from Handel's “Solomon”, Tchaikovsky's Waltz from Serenade for Strings and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29. Edith Chatterton, Glossop’s own soprano, sang the Motet (ExuItate Jubilate K165), which includes the famous Allelujah. Wilson's Brewery sponsored the concert.

Sunday 9 - United religious service.
Civic representatives from 12 neighbouring towns and villages joined in Glossop's centenary service of thanksgiving and dedication. Many of Glossop's most active organisations were represented in the procession from the Municipal Buildings to Glossop Parish Church. Glossop Band led with martial music. The visiting mayors and mayoresses and council leaders were from Stockport, Buxton, Chesterfield, Mossley, Dukinfield, Tintwistle, Denton, Bredbury and Romiley, Marple, New Mills, Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith. The Rev P. Heath took the service after which the procession marched round Old Glossop and down Norfolk Street.

Monday 10 to Saturday 15 - Special production by the Partington Players.
The Glossop Playhouse Centenary year production was of L. Du Garde Peach’s “The Town That Would Have A Pageant”, described as one long laugh. The show was fully booked every night. At the close of the opening night Mr Travis Collier presented a silver salver to the Mayor as the Partington Players' permanent contribution to Centenary year.

Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 - Centenary historical exhibition.
The historical display at Glossop Town Hall, arranged by Glossop and District Historical Society and the W.E.A. history class, attracted hundreds of visitors. The exhibition covered the whole history of Glossop. It included prehistoric and Roman remains from Melandra and elsewhere, including some of those which were sent to Buxton Museum at the beginning of the second world war and had not been seen in Glossop since 1940. Models and photographs were used to illustrate aspects of local history. The Borough Charter was on display, as was a series of maps, including a map of 1857 which was nearly 30 feet long. Rooms of 1866 were set out with furniture and fireplace in the way originated by the York Castle Museum. The variety of the exhibits gave rise to demands that Glossop Town Council should make some attempt to open a museum so that a permanent display could be kept.

Wednesday 19 - Special G.P.O. Handstamp.
Wednesday October 19, 1966, was exactly 100 years ago to the day when Glossop was granted its Charter by Queen Victoria. In the region of 1,200 special commemorative envelopes bearing a hand stamp first used 100 years previously were sent all over the world. The original handstamp was issued to the Glossop Post Office on April 3, 1866, to be taken into use for cancelling letters posted in Glossop.
Other towns to be sent new cancellations on the same date were Wilmslow, Middleton, Eccles, Rawtenstall, Farnworth and Cheetham Hill. One interesting point relating to the Glossop cancellation stamp of April 3 1866 is that, on testing and despatch, the stamp was set with the date March, 1869, and it is considered that this is probably due to the last figure “sling” having been set in an inverted position. The other towns had the correct date (March, 1866) but the official G.PO. records do show the Glossop date incorrectly as 1869.

Special commemorative envelope
Special commemorative envelope

Wednesday 19 - Special council meeting.
One of the most moving moments at Glossop's special council meeting to celebrate Borough Centenary Day came when Mr A. Lawton Doyle, the brother of the late Alderman Joseph Doyle, stepped forward and handed to the Mayor the silver salver presented to the late alderman by the council when he was made a freeman. Other gifts handed over were a plaque from Mr. C. Bowden in recognition of the Borough's National Savings work and a silver salver from Mr. T. Collier on behalf of the Partington Players. The ceremony was attended by a number special guests, including several former Mayors of the Borough.

Wednesday 19 - Centenary ball at the Victoria Hall.
The Glossop Centenary Ball at the Victoria Hall was described as "perhaps the most colourful civic occasion for decades with the Mayor (Councillor Mrs A. Williams) and Mr Williams and Deputy Mayor and Mayoress (Councillor and Mrs D. Moore) ideal hosts". Civic heads attended from Ilkeston, Buxton, Ashton, Stalybridge, Dukinfield, Denton, Bredbury and Romiley, Marple, Chapel and Tintwistle. Glossop's Centenary Queen (Kathleen Harrison), the Rev. J. Platts, the Mayor’s chaplain, and Mrs Platts, were also in the official party. Dancing to the Regent Band was enjoyed in a brightly decorated hall.

Sunday 23 - Brass band contest, arranged by Glossop Prize Band.
Glossop Centenary Brass Band Contest on Sunday lived up to expectations and adjudicators Rex Mortimer and William Skelton were pleased with the standard. Top prize of £30 went to Meltham and Meltham Mills Band, which totalled 184 points in its section, beating Whitworth Vale and Healey (180) and Haigh (178). In the “B” section. Hesketh Silver (182 points) narrowly beat Tintwistle (181) and Meltham (179). In the third section, Whitworth (180 points) came first, beating Blackley (177), Boarshurst (176) and Hollingworth (175).

Monday 7 – Variety Show at Victoria Hall.
The show was the idea of Joe Murphy of Hadfield, as a contribution to both the Centenary celebrations and the Mayor's charity. The Mayor summed up how much the sell-out audience had enjoyed the show by saying “every artiste shone in his or her sphere”. The show was so popular that it was repeated, to another sell-out audience, on December 9.

Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 - Photographic exhibition at the Town Hall.
The annual show of the Glossop and District Photographic Society, put on for Centenary year, was voted by experts as one of the best ever. An official said “Not for many a year have members exhibited so many quality prints”. The Society presented an album of photographs, relating to the borough, as its centenary contribution.

Thursday 17 and Friday 18 - Joint Concert - Glossop School and Glossop Concert Orchestra.
The concert, held at Glossop School, played to a packed hall on both nights. Some 220 performers took part, under the direction of Brian Cryer and Martin Browne. Many others were involved in designing and printing of tickets, posters and programmes within the school.

Saturday 10 - “Dream of Gerontius”, staged by the Glossop Choral Society. The work was originally meant to be presented at Bank Street Methodist Church, Hadfield but problems meant that the sports hall at Glossop School was the venue instead. The Choral Society was supported by three distinguished soloists: Gerald English, Barbara Rowbotham and John Lawrenson. An audience of nearly 500, including the Mayor and L. S. Lowry, attended the concert.

“Ardotalia” - The Romans in Glossop.
This was a film was made by staff and pupils of the Blessed Philip Howard School as their contribution to the charter centenary celebrations. It was first shown in May 1967, appropriately the last official engagement undertaken by Mrs. Ada Williams in her Mayoral year. With four exceptions all those taking part in the project were pupils during the time the film was made. Costumes, armour weapons and chariots were made in the school by pupils. The Chronicle reported that, from the opening scene depicting a line of soldiers approaching the town from a hillside vantage point, through the realistic battle episodes to the final establishment of the Roman community at Melandra, the audience was able to feel itself back in those ancient times. Particularly gripping were the battle scenes which included one or two gory sights which gave an idea of the fighting which once took place on sites now occupied by semi-detached homes in the Glossop area.

Centenary Tree Gifts.
A tree planting scheme took place during Centenary Year, and anyone wishing to take part could donate trees via the parks superintendent (Mr Walter Waterworth) at the Manor Park Lodge. A number of individuals donated trees for planting in Glossop and Hadfield, and Simmondly Women's Institute gave a tree for Simmondly Green. Sadly, it was reported on 15 April that, only a fortnight after they were planted, two trees on Glossop Market Ground had been broken by vandals.

Other Commemorative gifts.
A gift of silver from the National Federation of Business Women and Professional Women’s Club.
A donation from the Townswomen's Guild of £100 towards the cost of erecting a fountain in Norfolk Square Gardens
A film was made by Glossop Cine Club of the various Centenary celebrations
Presentations of teak park seats by the Rotary Club.

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