Budleigh’s Fairlynch Museum celebrates 50th birthday

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 August 2017

Lady Clinton cutting a Fairlynch-shaped cake at a party to mark the 50th birthday of the Budleigh museum. Picture: Michael Downes

Lady Clinton cutting a Fairlynch-shaped cake at a party to mark the 50th birthday of the Budleigh museum. Picture: Michael Downes

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A party was held for friends of Fairlynch to mark 50 years since the musuem and arts centre was first opened.

Lord and Lady Clinton were among more than 100 invited guests who celebrated Fairlynch Museum’s 50th birthday.

In 1967 Lord Clinton officiated as the museum’s Patron when Fairlynch first opened its doors to visitors as Budleigh Salterton’s very own Museum and Arts Centre.

It was the realisation of a dream shared by Budleigh resident Joy Gawne and her sisters Elizabeth and Aalish together with their friend Priscilla Hull.

To begin the birthday celebrations Lord Clinton opened a pictorial exhibition which celebrates Fairlynch’s past and will be on display in an adjoining marquee.

In a speech to guests he congratulated all those who have contributed to the museum’s success and thanked them for their efforts.

Lord Clinton described Fairlynch as a splendid example of an institution and its volunteers serving the local community and caring deeply for Devon’s heritage.

To mark the occasion artist and Friend of Fairlynch Alan Cotton donated a painting and a book for fund-raising.

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