There are always stories steeped in mystery and legend when it comes to places which have stood for over 100 years. It goes without saying that if the walls of Tamworth Assembly Rooms could speak; they would have a tale or two to tell. One such tale from 1963, when The Beatles were in town legend has it that they signed a wall somewhere backstage. These writings on the wall are yet to surface and for the time being remain shrouded in mystery as the search continues...
Tears were shed and flags waved as hundreds of people enjoyed an evening of remembrance which saw Tamworth’s choirs coming together to perform under one magnificent roof in the first instalment of a new two-year arts project.
Organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team, We Will Remember saw 200 choir members performing in St Editha’s Church alongside talented young singer Matilda Pratt and Staffordshire’s first ever Poet Laureate Mal Dewhirst.
The show must go on! Tamworth Assembly Rooms may have closed for refurbishment but audiences will not miss out this autumn and winter as a number of popular events will be taken out into the community to ensure the show goes on.
Annual favourites such as Tamworth Arts Club productions, Christmas concerts and the pantomime will continue as part of ‘Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Tour’, which aims to make sure the theatre’s regular users still get opportunities to perform while the venue is extended and modernised.
Archaeologists excavating the car park next to Tamworth Assembly Rooms have made an interesting discovery during their search for clues about the town’s history.
Tamworth Borough Council commissioned Wessex Archaeology to explore the site of the Corporation Street car park before the land is built upon as part of the redevelopment and restoration of Tamworth Assembly Rooms.
It was almost over last week for the archaeological dig being carried out in the car park until heavy rain overnight unearthed some interesting discoveries. Whilst cleaning up on Wednesday morning Wessex archaeology uncovered pieces of pottery and evidence of a pit; believed to date back to the medieval era.