|The Rushden Echo and Argus, 27th February 1953, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Extension to Council Buildings - Opening ceremony at Rushden
The Mayor of Higham Ferrers (Mr. John White) paid tribute to the service which Councillor Joseph Allen (chairman of Rushden U.D.C.) has rendered to the council as a member for nearly 30 years at a luncheon last Saturday celebrating the completion of extensions to Rushden Council Buildings which have cost £4,500.
Mr. Allen, said Mr. White who proposed the toast to “The Urban District of Rushden” had carried out his work with ability and dignity. During his period of service many outstanding achievements had been accomplished and in addition to these visual indications of progress the council was responsible for a vast amount of unseen administrative work which had increased in recent years by reason of Government controls.
Housing has been the main pre-occupation in recent years and would undoubtedly be so for some years to come.
Congratulating the council upon acquiring the fine offices they had inspected during the morning, Mr. White said perhaps in the not too distant future he would be able to come along with plans by an eminent architect for improvements to his firm’s premises which would be more in keeping with the town centre.
Replying to the toast, Councillor Allen reminisced on the earlier days of Rushden Council and associated with them memories of the hall in which they were meeting the old Public Hall re-opened on Saturday for public functions in the name of the Waverley Hall.
“It has played a great part in the history of the town” he went on, “and it will be an amenity which the town will very much profit by in future.”
Coun. A. Allebone proposed “The Visitors” and Ald. H. R. Patenall, Higham Ferrers, responded, County Ald. C. G. Faulkner proposed “The Ladies”, and in replying Coun. A. U. Muxlow said she was proud that there were now four women working together on the council. “In local government” she added, “there is a promising field for women’s work.” Coun. Frank Brown was toastmaster.
Before the lunch guests inspected the extensions at the Council Buildings.