Town’s history caught on camera

Houghton Heritage Society exhibition at Houghton Methodist Church, left to right; Joan Lambton, Paul Lanagan and Peter Corfield.

Houghton Heritage Society exhibition at Houghton Methodist Church, left to right; Joan Lambton, Paul Lanagan and Peter Corfield.

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A PHOTO exhibition took a step back in time to showcase the history of a Wearside town.

Pictures of Houghton dating from the late 19th and early 20th Century were put on display at the exhibition in the town’s Mautland Street Chapel earlier this month.

The event, which was organised by Houghton Heritage Society, included images of the annual Houghton Feast celebrations.

The Hillside Cemetery, which sits next to the A690, and former pubs were also featured.

Members of the group were also available to answer questions about the town’s past.

They collected items to be used in the town’s diamond jubilee time capsule.

Preparations are now in full swing for this year’s Houghton Feast, which takes place between October 5 and 14.

Thousands of people are expected to enjoy events in the town, such as the famous ox roasting, fireworks and a funfair.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is the inspiration for this year’s Feast parade, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 6.

The community parade dates back almost 1,000 years and will involve a series of floats.

Application forms to have a float in the parade must be received in the next two weeks to John Price on 07538 673 657.