A celebration of Northampton’s inspiring individuals

Published: Friday, 21 July 2017

On the 100th anniversary of the fall of local hero Edgar Mobbs, Northampton Borough Council is hosting a celebration of prominent individuals from the town’s past.

On Monday, 31 July, visitors to the town centre are invited to an official viewing of the new statues at the Guildhall and the launch of an extended augmented reality heritage trail.

A wreath-laying and tribute led by the Western Front Association will commemorate Lieutenant Colonel Mobbs, who died during the battle of Passchendaele on 31 July 1917. Guests will also be able to enjoy a reading from the John Clare Society and a musical performance of a composition written by Malcolm Arnold, as well as a demonstration of the Ghosts of Northampton Past trail.

This first launched in December and featured six interesting characters from the town’s past. Now, there’s a total of 17 individuals dotted throughout the town ready to be discovered by ghost-hunters with smart phones. All of the figures standing in the Courtyard at the guildhall have a digital ghost waiting to tell their stories.

Anyone with an internet enabled device can download the free Aurasma app and start learning more about Northampton’s heritage. 

Councillor Tim Hadland, cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: “It’s incredibly fitting that on the centenary of Edgar Mobbs’s death, we celebrate the town that he fought to protect. I’m grateful for the support of everyone who is contributing to this celebration of the great talent that has shaped our town.”

Councillor Anna King, cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said:

“Northampton has been home to lots of interesting people over the years and the trail is a great way to bring their stories to life. I’d like to thank everyone who helped give a voice to these inspirational individuals.

“The summer holidays are the perfect time to get out and about with the kids and learn more about people who once walked the same streets.”

Join the celebration from 11.30am – 1pm on Monday, 31 July in the Courtyard at the Guildhall.