ALMONRY HERITAGE CENTRE: “WE MUST ACT TO SAVE EVESHAM’S MEMORY” SAYS MP
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ALMONRY HERITAGE CENTRE: “WE MUST ACT TO SAVE EVESHAM’S MEMORY” SAYS MP

Evesham’s MP Peter Luff has pledged his full support to the campaign to win lottery funding for the Almonry Heritage Centre at Abbey Gate.

Commenting after a visit to the centre today (Friday) Peter said,

“The Almonry is a wonderful place that captures the spirit and memories of the town and the Vale. It has an outstanding collection of treasures and is a stunning building in its own right.

“But time is taking its toll on the building and the collection it houses. Money is needed both to protect the structure and better to display its collection. The Heritage Lottery Fund must be encouraged to support this enormously important place."

Peter had visited the Almonry on a number of occasions and was shown round again by the manager Tonia Byrd. After the tour he said,

“It was wonderful to be reminded of so much of the area’s history and to learn new things. For example, and to my shame, I had no idea the great locomotive engineer Sir Henry Fowler was born in Evesham. I’m sure anyone who visits the Almonry will learn something new about their town.

“It is also a greatly under-exploited tourist attraction for the Vale. Improving the displays – and the conditions in which some very important items are housed – would play a major part in enhancing the appeal of the town to visitors.

“That’s why I am writing to local civic leaders, including the Town Council who own the Almonry, pledging my support and exploring ways of ensuring that this bid and the restoration of the centre succeed. I believe the Almonry is a not just a local treasure, but a regional one with many items of national significance. The time has come to act to save Evesham’s memory for future generations.”

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