The seat of city power

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Nigel Thorn­ton nigel.thorn­ton@peter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTnigelthorn­ton 01733 588714

Like it or not, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil plays abig part in all of our lives. To­day’s pic­tures give a fas­ci­nat­ing snapshot of some of its his­tory.

The group shot of elected coun­cil­lors was taken in 1983.

How many of them can you re­mem­ber? The fa­mil­iar face of Bri­tain’s long­est serv­ing coun­cil­lor Charles Swift can be seen fifth from the right on the front row.

I think a for­mer leader of the coun­cil, Neville San­ders, who died re­cently, is on the back row fifth from left.

The cur­rent leader, a youth­ful look­ing John Holdich is on­the far right of the third row.

The aerial pic­ture of the town­hall is un­dated but gives an in­di­ca­tion of the size of the build­ing which dom­i­nates Bridge Street.

The view from Pri­est­gate was taken in 1980. Do you re­mem­ber the restau­rant? Was it called Craw­ford’s?

The pic­ture to the right shows the cer­e­mo­nial lay­ing of the foun­da­tion stone at Peter­bor­ough Town Hall in 1929.

Pre­sum­ably the gen­tle­men in the pic­ture were the coun­cil­lors of the day.

The pic­ture be­neath is of Bridge Street and was taken a year later in 1930.

I be­lieve it shows the early days of the con­struc­tion of the town hall which was com­pleted in 1934.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion or mem­o­ries please get in touch.

Aerial View Flet­ton Park­way has been in the news after im­prove­ments went over bud­get cost­ing city tax­pay­ers an ex­tra £5m. This pic­ture taken in 1984 shows the sec­tion with the Stan­ground in­ter­change .

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