Probably the most glittering event this year for the Trust was the 50th Anniversary gala night on the 17th July. It was a wonderful evening, held appropriately enough at the Tithe Barn, where it all began.
Members of the Trust were joined by honoured guests and speakers.
- Mrs Claire Hensman Lord-Lieutenant for Cumbria
- Right Reverend James Newcome Bishop of Carlisle, Honorary President of the
Carlisle and District Civic Trust
- Mr Steve Layden, Mayor of Carlisle
- Reverend Keith Teasdale, Vicar of St Cuthbert’s Church
- Mr. John Kelsall, Architect and committee member of the Carlisle and District Civic Trust.
Drinks were served on arrival, with music from ‘The Border Concert Band’. The Reverend Teasdale asked everyone to be seated and Bishop James said grace. The caterers were the Castle Coffee Shop, Castle Street, Carlisle.
After the meal Reverend Teasdale asked the honoured guests to speak in turn.
Certificates of Lifetime Honorary Membership of the Trust were presented to founder member Ian Turnbull, and long serving member Patrick Horton.
Peter Pickles, who has also received Lifetime Honorary Membership of the Trust, is currently experiencing ill health and could not attend.
Without these men, there would not be a Civic Trust in Carlisle today.
At the end of the evening Terry Jolley, Chairman of the Trust, proposed a vote of thanks and wished everyone a safe journey home.