by Ray Duffill
Hedon’s 675th mayor, David Thompson, officially opened Hedon Museum’s new season on Wednesday, March 8.
The occasion coincided with International Women’s Day, and Hedon Town Council members Di Storr, Sam Banks, Sarah Rommel and Brenda Goldspink – as formidable champions of Hedon – were there to mark the occasion.
Hedon Museum’s own female champion, Lesley Harland, the exhibitions manager, was on hand to ensure everyone enjoyed their museum experience.
Also present was Ann Etherington, the niece of Hilda Ives (1923-2010), the late Hedon Mayor, freeman of Hedon, and servant of the town for 38 years.
The museum features a special exhibition of Hilda’s civic role in the town, including having her MBE medal – which she was awarded in 1994 – on display.
An associated display looks at the fascinating lives of other Hedon women, too – people who have made a great difference to the town or indeed wider communities.
The mayor also officially opened the photography exhibition being staged by the Hedon Viewfinders group. Cllr Thompson is himself a keen photographer and joined other visitors in eagerly viewing and discussing the 50-plus photos.
Hedon Museum is open every Saturday and Wednesday from 10am to 4pm from now until the end of November with changing exhibitions every few weeks. Admission is free. Look out for the noticeboards on an open day that direct you to the Watmough’s Arcade pathway to the entrance.