Friends of Wisbech court set for launch

A photographic display and memories evening charting the history of local justice is being held to launch the newly formed Friends of Wisbech Courthouse next week.

The group is determined to ensure that the courthouse - closed earlier this year due to government cuts - remains as a public building.

The new High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Richard Barnwell, will open the exhibition to be held at the Octavia Hill Birthplace House in Wisbech on Wednesday, May 25 (7.15pm).

Photographs taken throughout the court's history, from its opening by Lord Evershed back in 1957 to its closure earlier this year will also be on show.

Former Fenland magistrates chairman Jane Melloy said: 'We feel that the memories of those who have served the court, or appeared before the bench, should not be lost with the court.

'We do not want to lose those parts of our heritage and recent history, must because the courthouse has closed.'

Visitors will be able to enjoy a class of wine and light refreshments during the evening, and will be invited to become members of The Friends.