Haverhill celebrated its past, present and future at a special get-together on Tuesday (July 28).
A ‘mayor’s at home’ event was held at Haverhill Arts Centre.
The event was intended to showcase what the mayor described as the ‘cream of Haverhill’ and to encourage those organisations and businesses present to work together for the good of the town.
Amongst those present were delegations from the Haverhill Community First Responders, REACH Community Projects, the Haverhill and District Local History Group, Centre Stage, the Haverhill Silver Band, ONE Haverhill and the combined Fire and Police Cadets.
Mayor, Betty McLatchy said; “I want to celebrate the past, present and future of Haverhill. The town is growing and there’s a feeling that it’s really going somewhere.
“I think Haverhill is not treated kindly in Suffolk and I hope to show people coming from other parts of the county what we are doing in Haverhill and how we are progressing.”
Deputy Mayor, Councillor David Roach, said: “There’s a lot going on in this town at the moment, there’s a lot of optimism about some of the developments going on.
“You can really feel that. Like Betty said, it’s a good time to look to Haverhill’s future.”
Karen Chapple, Youth Skills Manager at One Haverhill, was amongst those exhibiting at the event.
She praised the event’s scale and noted the village-like feel of the get together where people could talk and exchange ideas freely.
“You really find that everyone’s like family in Haverhill,” she said. “People are really open to meeting new people and like to share new ideas.
“It’s a special place because of that. I don’t think everywhere is like that.”
Cllr Jane Storey, Chairman of Suffolk County Council, attended the event and was impressed by the talent and enterprise on show.
She said: “I think it’s a fantastic event.
“The mayor has said she wants people to be inspired. I think it’s worked. You have got fantastic community support for things like the first responders and REACH. There’s a really nice feeling here.
“Haverhill is a hidden gem in Suffolk’s crown. The position of Haverhill means it’s right in the corner and sometimes overlooked.
“I think this event shows there’s a real heart to Haverhill. I’m really pleased for it.”