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Corby Heritage Centre is officially opened by mayor

A family fun day has marked the official opening of Corby Heritage Centre by the town's new mayor.

The centre, opened by Councillor Gail McDade on Sunday morning, will give residents and visitors the opportunity to explore the borough's history.

Displays highlight Corby's beginnings as a small village and the variety of local trades and skills including farming, lace-making and brick-making.

It will also cover Corby's iron and steel-making heritage.

The centre will cover the decline of that industry and will also look at the town's regeneration and future plans.

It was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Waste Recycling Environmental Limited and is housed in a 17th Century grade II listed stone cottage in High Street.

Mark Pengelly, deputy leader of Labour-controlled Corby Borough Council, said: "Corby has a deep, rich history that we should acknowledge and be proud of.

"We are very pleased to be opening the borough's very first heritage centre, something that has been eagerly awaited by the community for a long time.

"The opening of this centre will give people the opportunity to explore our history and see just how far this borough has come over the years."

The fun day activities, including a Civil War re-enactment, archery, juggling and a photographic display took place at the Old Village School playing area, High Street.

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