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Happy 70th birthday Bracknell!

70 cupcakes

Thousands of residents turned out to celebrate Bracknell’s 70th anniversary as a new town on Saturday.

Bracknell reaches its grand 70th anniversary as a new town today (17 June) and to mark the occasion residents were invited to take part in the celebrations at the Bracknell Forest Council #BracknellTurns70 stall at the Bracknell Community Day at the weekend. The community day was organised by Involve Community Services, Easthampstead Rotary Club and the Bracknell Forest Society *.

Bracknell Forest Council hosted a 70th birthday stall and activities included:

  • posting memories of Bracknell in the birthday post box with the chance of winning £70 of The Lexicon gift vouchers
  • helping to create a piece of artwork in the shape of a giant 70 which will be exhibited at Bracknell Library following the event
  • having a selfie taken in the special #bracknellturns70 Instagram frame
  • the chance to speak to Victor Nicholls from the University of Reading’s Henley Business School, author of the book ‘The Lexicon - Making it happen’, which draws from his experience of helping mastermind the town’s recent regeneration

Plus, no birthday party would be complete without cake, so 500 free cupcakes were given out during the event!

As part of the continued celebrations the borough council is launching a series of memories from long-time Bracknell residents who will also be turning 70 in 2019.

It will also be taking a trip down memory lane with its seven decades in seven days flashback and a commemorative photo with town and borough councillors took place this morning in Bond Square - with representatives lined up to create the figure 70.

Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

“I’m so pleased that so many people were able to join in the celebrations to mark this milestone moment in our town’s history at the weekend.

“Bracknell has a wonderfully full and rich history as a new town and this is another chapter in its story. We’ll be continuing to celebrate this anniversary over the coming days so why not take a look at all the wonderful memories that have been shared as part of this occasion.”

All the memories will be shared on the council’s social media channels. For those who missed the event, search the hashtag #BracknellTurns70 to catch up on the celebrations.

*The Community Day took place in Bond Square between 11am and 4pm and was organised by Involved Community Services, Easthampstead Rotary Club and the Bracknell Forest Society with support from The Lexicon and Bellway Homes.

Photography by Stewart Turkington.