Volunteers at Ellesmere Library have enjoyed the last few months researching the history of Cross Street ready for the latest ‘Down Your Street’ Talk and Exhibition, which takes place on Saturday September 22 at Ellesmere Town Hall.

Library Manager, Sheila Williams is hoping for another big turnout at the event.

“This is the third street we have researched and once again we are finding out so much we didn’t know about before!” she said.

“The street starts at The Cross in the centre of town and ends at the roundabout. Many of the properties are listed and some have been pulled down or altered dramatically. After the exhibition, we collect all the information into two big files – which will always stay in the Library, next to the files on Scotland Street and the High Street.

“Carole Youngs and her team of volunteers have sourced information from Kelly’s directories and town guides going back to the turn of the century, charting the succession of shopkeepers.

“Local people have been really helpful to talk to, many of who have grown up in the town, and they have provided us with copies of old family photographs and shopfronts.

“Listening to people and reading about their memories of the street is one of the most enjoyable aspects of these projects - a favourite shop of many was Crowthers Sweet Shop which came before Pete’s Café.

“We welcome people to send in memories, either by email or jotted down on a sheet of paper, memory sheets are also available from the Library.

“The slideshow will show many photographs never seen before. This will capture the interest of anyone who is associated with Ellesmere –the old Fire Station and Police House were on this street and Tims’s Garage which had their own taxi and charabanc service, the pre-cursor to today’s motor coach.”

There are also plenty of activities for children during the day.

A Treasure Hunt Trail has been created for families to follow along the street and a colouring competition is under way. Go to the Library to enter.

The Talk with slides starts at 2pm. Tickets are £2.50 to include tea and biscuits and can be purchased in advance from the Library or on the door.

For more information contact Ellesmere Library at Our Space, Trimpley, open Tuesday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 9.30am-1pm, 2pm-4pm, call 01743-258555 or email ellesmere.library@shropshire.gov.uk