Two new story blocks have been added to Kettering’s timeline in the Market Place to commemorate a pair of significant events in Kettering’s past.
The engraved stone blocks mark the Anglian Regiment being presented with the Freedom of the Borough in 2014 and the 150th anniversary of the opening of the first Kettering Industrial Co-operative Society Shop in 1866.
Kettering mayor Cllr Scott Edwards celebrated the important events in Kettering’s history by laying the new story blocks in the timeline at Kettering’s Market Place on Friday.
The slabs are the first to be laid since 2013 when a block was installed to celebrate the visit of the Olympic torch.
Cllr Edwards said: “I am delighted that we have recognised these two important events on the Market Place timeline.
“Over the last 150 years the Kettering Industrial Co-operative Society has played an important role in creating the Kettering we know today.
“Also, the Freedom of the Borough event was a proud day for local people who saw the Royal Anglian Regiment march through Kettering town centre and showed their gratitude to our armed forces for the very difficult job they do.
“The laying of these new story blocks in the timeline will be a permanent reminder of both the older and more recent history of Kettering.”
Liz Wade, head of commercial development at Kettering Council, said: “The timeline is a unique feature in Kettering’s Market Place and promotes the town’s history.
“I often see people taking their time to walk along the timeline to read about the significant events in the borough’s history.”
Peter Weston, secretary to the Kettering branch of the Co-operative Party, said: “This year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Kettering Industrial Co-operative Society and we’re delighted that a new block will be added to Kettering’s Market Place timeline to mark the occasion.
“The Kettering Industrial Co-operative Society made a significant contribution in the economic, social and political development in the town and the local co-operative society are delighted that this has been recognised.”
Colour Sergeant Ward from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment, said: “As a regiment, we were honoured to have been selected to receive the Freedom of the Borough of Kettering and we’re proud to be permanently celebrated with a timeline block on the Market Place.
“Hundreds of people lined the streets to welcome the troops to Kettering in 2014 which was a great reflection of the high esteem with which the public regard the regiment.”