Preparations begin to celebrate Richmond’s 950th birthday

Baroness Angela Harris of Richmond new patron of CelebrateRichmond950.

Preparations have begun to mark 950 years since the Normans started building Richmond’s famous castle.

Celebrations are planned in 2021 to mark the anniversary of the town’s birth.

Organisers Carol Watson, Phil Upton and Marcia McLuckie are already making plans in conjunction with Richmondshire Business and Tourism Association and Richmond Town Council and other local organisations in the town.

The year will start with a look at the pre-Norman history of Richmond with plans to follow a timeline through Norman, Medieval, Elizabethan, Georgian, Victorian and 20th century history into the future.

Proposals to involve community groups and school are already being explored.

Champion of the year as patron of CelebrateRichmond950 is Baroness Angela Harris of Richmond.

Lady Harris said: “Richmond’s famous, historic, market town in North Yorkshire is 950-years old in 2021.

“We are preparing for a spectacular year of celebrations in which we invite our fantastic local community, volunteers and visitors alike to come and enjoy.”

She added: “Famed for being the ‘Original’ Richmond, we have given our name to all the other Richmonds around the world.

“We are proud and delighted to be its custodian during this momentous year and we look forward to sharing with everyone our 950-year old history.”

Initiator of the idea for the celebrations is Carol Watson, who works in the local Castle Hill Bookshop under the shadow of the huge Norman castle keep.

She said: “Richmond is full of character and tradition and we are all proud of its crown as the first of many Richmonds around the world.

“It is an honour and privilege to be involved with helping the town celebrate its birthday, its heritage and its future as well as to work with so many enthusiastic members of the community.”

As plans come together the trio of organisers have commissioned a local designer to produce a logo to give focus and identity to the year of events.

Kersty Jordan of G Design has produced an eye catching logo that will be used in the lead up and throughout the year.

Anyone who would like to use the logo is asked to contact Marcia McLuckie on 01748 825525 or email

Those interested, including community groups and schools,  in finding out how they can participate in organising and being involved in the events should also use these contact details.

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