[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]History Book Presentation – Wednesday 1st April 2015[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
The Right Worshipful Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Sue Blatchford, welcomed the Friends of St.James’ Park to a rather special event at Southampton Civic Centre on Wednesday 1st April 2015. This event was to formally present the City of Southampton with copies of the book “St James’ Park – From Rec to Renovation, 1907 – 2014“, written by Michaela A Lawler‑Levene and the FoSJP History Team.
The Mayor formally welcomed the guests and invited them into the Mayor’s Reception room. Authors, researchers, members of the production team, artists, interviewees, and FoSJP volunteers joined the celebration, where copies of the book were presented by Jon Dyer‑Slade of Southampton City Council, Michaela Lawler‑Levene of FoSJP, and the Mayor to those individuals and organisations who had supported this project.
A range of organisations received complimentary copies of the book, including local schools, libraries, archives, universities, and local councillors. FoSJPvolunteers, both adults and children, were honoured for the hours of dedicated time given freely to this project over the past five years.
Feedback from guests:
“Splendid event. Well done.”
“The reception in the Mayor’s parlour was a warm and friendly event, which celebrated the history of the Park and how the Shirley Heritage Project was a major catalyst for the regeneration of the Park.”
“We loved coming to the Mayor’s parlour, and sharing this celebration with friends who have been involved in the Park and its fascinating social history.”
“Thank you for such a warm and friendly celebration evening.”
“A fascinating book, packed with interesting stories and many pictures of this much‑loved Park.”
“Very proud to have been part of this. Thank you.”