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Remembrance Sunday 2020
The President of the Society, Gill Harris, laid a wreath on behalf of the Society at the War Memorial in Warrington Road.

Now on display in the Ex_services club, this framed manuscript gives the names of Rainhill men from the former mental hospital who gave their lives in the First World War. The Society paid for the restoration of the Roll of Honour from its previously dilapidated state by local artist, Mike Gaffney.

190 years ago, on the 15th September, 1830, the Liverpool-Manchester Railway opened. What an amazing change that made to transport throughout the world.

This year our autumn season is very different, owing to the virus.
Our Autumn Newsletter here. gives you all the details of the new arrangements.

Sadly, two longstanding committee members have died recently. Angela Wilkinson, who served for many years
and was active in other Rainhill organisations, died after a long illness.
Keith Ashall was involved with the Society at its outset and more recently was our Treasurer.
He too brought experience of business and other activities to the work of the Society.

In May the BBC programme "Monkman and Seagull's Genius Adventures" showed their visit to the Rainhill 190 celebrations in 2019. They interviewed local people, including our own "Queen Victoria", seen here with her Consort in the gala procession. It's true that George IV was monarch at the time of the Locomotive Trials in 1829, but why spoil a good story?

Before the lock-down, Arthur Jennion gave a very interesting presentation at the February meeting on his philatelic collection. He explained how the early railways were used to develop the postal system.