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Happy 150th Birthday, St Helens!

150 years ago tomorrow (Friday 2 February), Queen Victoria granted the charter that incorporated the municipal borough of St Helens, bringing together the townships of Eccleston, Parr, Sutton and Windle.

The charter – which arrived in St Helens on March 5, 1868, is on public display at the World of Glass Museum.

Fast forward a 150 years, and St Helens – while acknowledging its past – is looking to its future with a thrilling programme which celebrates the town’s cultural heritage, creative flair and strong sense of community.

The celebrations will see a variety of events and activities taking place across St Helens, some of which are new to the events calendar such as an International Food and Drink Festival, a heritage weekend and projections of light on to landmark sites around the borough, among other activities.

Some of our most popular established events will also be included, such as Westfield Music Festival, Summer Streets, Armed Forces Day and Spark in the Park. In addition, a series of artistic commissions and events will take place throughout the year, led by the Heart of Glass and other local art and cultural partners and supported by St Helens Council. Together these will form a programme of art, culture and community events and activities called St Helens 150.

As the emphasis of the programme will be people and place driven, local communities are encouraged to get involved.

We would like to hear from any local community groups or associations looking to host an event in St Helens during 2018, whether it is sports, cultural, arts or community based – and want to be part of St Helens 150.

We would also like to hear from any groups who are interested in volunteering or who would like to get involved in some of the events taking place over the next year.

Email sthelens150@sthelens.gov.uk for more information.

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