Posted 18/04/2012 by Extra Newspapers Online in Local News

Town’s double celebration

NEXT year sees the double centenary of Sir Alfred East, and of the Art Gallery that was named in his honour, and the Friends of the Art Gallery and Museum are already preparing for a double celebration.

The Alfred East Art Gallery was designed by John Alfred Gotch and was opened in July 1913, just a few weeks before Sir Alfred East died at his London home.

Upon his death, Sir Alfred’s body was returned to Kettering and he lay in state in the Gallery, surrounding by pictures he had presented to the town, and crowds of several thousands visited to pay their last respects.

Later this month, the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum will be holding a public forum to discuss the double centenary and the future development of the town’s cultural and heritage quarter.

Chaired by Philip Hollobone MP, the meeting will take place at the gallery on Sheep Street, Kettering, at 8pm on April 26 and members of the public are invited to share their views and ideas.

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