Desborough Conservative Club celebrate 125 year anniversary

A popular members' club in Desborough has spent this week celebrating their 125th anniversary.

Saturday, 26th October 2019, 6:00 am
Desborough Conservative Club as it looked in 1968
Desborough Conservative Club as it looked in 1968

Desborough Conservative Club opened all the way back in 1894 and the committee have been holding a series of events to mark the occasion, culminating in a series of events on Sunday, October 27.

Bronia-Maria Laywood is on the committee and said the club is proud to be celebrating their long history, she said: "These clubs are closing, I think 79 closed last year and these sorts of places won't be here for long [unless we appeal to more people].

"We have done so well for so long."

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Desborough Conservative Club as it looks now

She said the 125 year anniversary was about welcoming a new era for the Desborough Conservative Club and hopes more people will discover the club and sign up as members.

She said: "You feel part of something.

"I live in Kettering and we travel in, it's an interest for me and keeps me busy."

Bronia-Maria said the club's celebrations had included a £7.50 steak night, a raffle with £125 prize, and an open-mic night showcasing the talent of Desborough.

There was also a film put together by member Stephen Richards titled "Old Desborough Photos Street by Street" which was shown on Tuesday (October 22).

Stephen said the night was well attended and raised £96 for the Heritage Centre.

Bronia-Maria said some members were able to recognised places and faces from their past.

On Sunday, there will be a performance by the Happy Together ukulele band, the cutting of an anniversary cake and a performance from local legend, Barry Hale.