Council provides £33,500 grant to help Richmond celebrate 950th anniversary

Pictured from left to right are organisers Carol Watson, Marcia McLuckie and Phil Upton with district council leader, Councillor Angie Dale.

Plans to celebrate the birth of Richmond 950 years ago have received a £33,500 cash boost from the district council.

The Original Richmond Tourism and Business Association (ORTBA) is hoping to stage a year of events, Covid-19 restrictions permitting.

Richmond – the first of that name in the world – grew up around its Norman Castle which was established 950 years ago.

The association wants to mark the occasion by not only reaffirming the town’s history but exploring its progress into the 21st Century.

Plans include a multi period Market Day with musicians and entertainers, a charity golf day, concerts, a month long exhibition – Communications Through the Ages, leisure events, original music – which will all use the 950 theme.

And there are hopes that a community archaeology project, focusing on the castle and the surrounding area, will develop and expand the understanding of Richmond’s medieval origins.

Other events include a community play at the Georgian Theatre Royal where local people will have the opportunity to work alongside professionals to create and perform the production, which will be shown to the public in September.

The total cost of the year of events is expected to be around £88,000 with the District Council contributing £33,500 from its Community Investment Fund.

Chair of ORTBA, Marcia McLuckie said: “It is fantastic news that the District Council is supporting CelebrateRichmond950.

“The generous grant has enabled us to arrange a number of key events and to market the anniversary and Richmond to a wider area.

“The organisers very much want the year to be for and about the local community whilst spreading the word about what a wonderful place Richmond is to visit, which can only be good for the local economy.”

Leader of Richmondshire District Council, Councillor Angie Dale, said: “Richmond – and therefore Richmondshire – grew up around the castle so it’s only right that we celebrate this major milestone.

“We are delighted to be able to help with the funding and hope the year of events is able to take place in spite of any restrictions.”

For more information on Richmond 950 check out or email or phone Marcia on 01748 825525