Sign of the times - March in days gone by grace the inside of the old man’s shelter

Installation of history plaque/montage. March History Group, March in Bloom & March Street pride ha

Installation of history plaque/montage. March History Group, March in Bloom & March Street pride have got together to produce a permanent Collage of old March photos to be displayed on the back wall of the shelter next to March town bridge. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

History came alive when a huge sign displaying old photographs was officially unveiled inside an iconic resting spot in March town centre.

Installation of history plaque/montage. March History Group, March in Bloom & March Street pride ha

Installation of history plaque/montage. March History Group, March in Bloom & March Street pride have got together to produce a permanent Collage of old March photos to be displayed on the back wall of the shelter next to March town bridge. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The sign was funded by a group of history fans who linked up on Facebook.

Sue Edgoose said: “Over the last 18 months the history group has been raising money by producing books of photographs of old March.

“We were approached by Fenland District Council’s Street Pride team and asked if we should put some up on the back wall of the old man’s shelter to preserve a piece of history for years to come.”

The shelter, which used to have windows and doors when it was first built after the second world war, was a popular spot for the men to sit, many of them while they waited for the pubs to open, she said.

Installation of history plaque/montage. March History Group, March in Bloom & March Street pride ha

Installation of history plaque/montage. March History Group, March in Bloom & March Street pride have got together to produce a permanent Collage of old March photos to be displayed on the back wall of the shelter next to March town bridge. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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“Now the windows and doors have gone but it is still a popular spot to sit. The sign is big enough so everybody can see the old photos.”

Costing around £475 the sign was put in place by 3B Design in a joint project involving the March Cambridgeshire History group, March in Bloom, Fenland District Council and Street Pride.

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Sue Beer, of the March History Facebook group, said: “If anybody has any old photos they would like to share then please join the Facebook group or drop into the Acre Attic where we can scan them and then return them promptly.”

Installation of history plaque/montage. March History Group, March in Bloom & March Street pride ha

Installation of history plaque/montage. March History Group, March in Bloom & March Street pride have got together to produce a permanent Collage of old March photos to be displayed on the back wall of the shelter next to March town bridge. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

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