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While everyone is preparing to celebrate the Millennium, this Town is celebrating a year earlier than everyone else. The reason for this is that it is 150 years ago that Queen Victoria granted the Charter of Incorporation,thus making Oldham a Borough in its own right.

50th Anniversary

On June 17th 1899 , all the main streets and all the side streets were decorated for the Jubilee of the Charter of Incorporation. People from miles around came for the towns celebrations and droves of people lined the streets as seen in this photograph which was probably taken in the morning,during one of the many events of the day. The Council, each member wearing a rose, drove in landaus to the new playground at Beresford Street,given to the town by Samuel,Joseph and William Dronsfield. The playground was opened by the Mayor Councillor Jackson Brierley, whose day had started at 9 a.m. with the presentation of a gift from the Chief Constable,on behalf of the police force, whose Jubilee it also was. Another of the planned events was a special meeting of the Town Council. The Mayor outlined the progress made in fifty years, during which the population had grown by a staggering 100,000. Later a luncheon at the Town Hall, with many guests including the Mayors of neighbouring towns. Then, with bands playing through the streets coloured with flags, moved the largest procession of local organisations that the town had ever seen.

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