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251st birthday celebrations to take place on Saturday

Created on 11/05/2022 @ 07:12
Plans are well underway for this Saturday's celebration of social reformer Robert Owen.

On Saturday the Robert Owen Museum and others are organising a procession in the town centre commemorating the birth of Owen in Newtown.

He is best know for establishing the co-operative movement and standing up for workers rights in industry.

On Saturday 14th May, there will be a procession starting from the museum building in Broad Street.

Celebrations of Owen's 250th anniversary of his birth could not be held last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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

"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."