History exhibition is a big draw for Chapel residents

Derek Eley and Graham Harper launch history exhibition at Chapel Playhouse.
Derek Eley and Graham Harper launch history exhibition at Chapel Playhouse.

Hundreds of people poured into Chapel Playhouse to visit a special exhibition celebrating the town’s rich history.

The event was organised by Chapel Arts and visitors were able to browse through old photos and memorabilia collected by various

clubs and societies. 
Some of the exhibitors who opened their archives included, Chapel Ladies Choir, Chapel Male Voice Choir, the Girls and Boys Brigades, the Royal British Legion, Reading Matters and Friends of Chapel Station.

The history of Chapel’s former Target Wall and Drill Hall was also celebrated thanks to some painstaking research work by local resident Liz McCormack.

Chapel Morris Men danced outside on both days and children and adults alike were thrilled to see former shoemaker, Herbert Slack’s famous scale-model roundabout, the Gallopers, in action on the Playhouse stage. The miniature roundabout was specially transported to the exhibition by Councillor Kath Sizeland and her husband Chris who own it.

A film of past and present day Chapel, compiled by Neil Hawtin was also shown at the town hall and Rems Wine Bar. This proved very popular, with many people wanting to buy a DVD.

Visitors also took the opportunity to join guided tours of St Thomas Becket Church and climb the steep steps to the bell tower where they could try their hand at ringing one of the six bells.