Residents who share their birthday with Braintree Town Hall are invited to a special celebration.

District residents who turn 90 in 2018, like the Town Hall, are being invited to a celebratory event on Wednesday, May 23.

They will be able to listen to a talk by Julien Courtauld as well as watch a screening of the opening of the Town Hall with a piece of birthday cake.

Robert Rose, museums manager, said: “The Town Hall was a gift of William Julien Courtauld, whose family were the largest public benefactors to Braintree and the district.

"When it opened on May 22 in 1928, Market Square was filled with dignitaries and residents, proud of their new Town Hall and as a mark of respect to the family who gave so much to Braintree.”

Cllr Frankie Ricci, also responsible for Braintree Town Hall, said: “The Town Hall has seen 90 years of our town’s history and we know there is a lot of affection for the building.

"We’d love to hear residents’ memories and see their photos as we hope to compile a photo display.”

To coincide with the birthday celebrations a special celebratory lunch, open to all, will also take place on Saturday, June 2.

Tickets cost £20 per person and include a locally sourced two course lunch, prosecco or soft drink and tour of the building.

Residents who have photos or memories to share, send or drop copies into Braintree Town Hall in Fairfield Road.

Those who have or will turn 90 this year and would like to attend in May can register by calling 01376 557776 or emailing

Attendees can be accompanied by a family member or carer.