Fundraising 1940s dance to repair stonework at the Gainsborough Heritage Centre

The Gainsborough Heritage Association is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year and as part of the celebrations, they will be holding a 1940s themed dance evening taking place on Saturday 18 May. The evening will feature Room 21 Big Band, a 22-piece band with the Axholme Sisters as a special tribute to the Andrew Sisters playing some of the very best forties tunes.

Publicity Officer Gemma Clarke said: ‘We are really looking forward to celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Gainsborough Heritage Association this year with our 1940s themed dance at the Weston Rooms. The dance is an amazing fundraising opportunity for the Centre to help maintain the stonework of the building that dates back to 1904 known locally for many years as Gainsborough’s General Post Office and Telephone Exchange’ (pictured right).

Many of the Centre’s exhibitions are permanent reminders to shops in Gainsborough’s market place as well as the forties themed living room and kitchen scene that shares a story with a range of different objects that have been donated to the Association. Back in 1993, there had always been a call for a local history museum in Gainsborough, and thanks to the work of countless volunteers over the years Gainsborough’s local history has been preserved, remembered and protected. The Centre has developed fantastic resources, exhibitions and achieved amazing amounts through hard work and determination since its creation in 1994.

Gainsborough Heritage Centre

The Association’s collections and resources have grown since being based in the Old Post Office on North Street and it is vitally important to the town’s heritage that this continues. The stonework of the building is in need of repair so the dedicated team of volunteers are keen to promote the celebration dance as a way of fundraising for funds to help this key maintenance project.

Gemma continues: ‘Tickets are now on sale for the dance and can be purchased at the Heritage Centre or at the Pink Orchid in Gainsborough. So don’t forget to book those tickets to ensure your place and help us to raise crucial funds to maintain a vital heritage asset to the town as well as having loads of fun at the same time.’

The evening is taking place at The Weston Rooms, 20 Hickman Street, DN21 2DZ, Gainsborough and doors will open at 7pm. All funds raised will support the future of the preservation of the Gainsborough Heritage Centre. Tickets cost £20 and the evening includes a two-course meal.

The Centre and Exchange tea room is open every Tuesday 10am until 4pm, Saturday 10am until 4pm and Sunday 11am until 4pm. Last Admission is at 3.30pm. Free, donations welcome. Please contact the Heritage Centre if you would like to arrange a group visit.

Further details can be obtained about the Heritage Centre by visiting www.gainsboroughheritage.co.uk or by emailing [email protected] or call 01427 610526.