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Birthday procession for Robert Owen

Created on 05/05/2022 @ 07:23
The 251st birthday of Newtown's famous social reformer son, Robert Owen, will be celebrated with a procession later this month.

The procession will take place from the Robert Owen Museum at The Cross in Broad Street on Saturday, 14 May.

"This public event will start at the museum at 12noon, when you are welcome to join the procession to the statue down the road, with musical accompaniments from Geoff Beilby," said Andy Newham.

The statue to Robert Owen is in the memorial gardens between Shortbridge Street and Gas Street.

"At the statue, Dewi Hughes (museum trustee) will say a few words about Robert Owen's relevance to children's wellbeing, followed by a dance by local school children and flowers will also be laid at the foot of the statue," he added.

"Refreshments will be provided at the museum after the ceremony, to accompany a piece of commemorative birthday cake. Optional guided walks will be offered to the tomb of Robert Owen. The event finishes at 1pm, but the museum will be open until 3pm to allow people to stay and see the museum, if they wish."