Havering Council has been celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.
The London Borough came into existence under its current title in 1965, and today previous Mayors, staff and residents joined in public celebrations inside and outside the Town Hall.
There was sixties’ music from a choir, fashions of the decade worn by staff and a display of vintage vehicles, from a double decker Routemaster through to cars and Vespa motorcycles.
The London Borough of Havering was born on 1 April 1965, when Hornchurch and Romford local authorities became one, as part of the creation of the Greater London Council.
To launch the celebrations taking place across the Borough to mark its 50th birthday, the Council turned the clock back to the sixties.
All staff were invited to come along to the town hall and join in a Back to the 60’s event on 1 April between noon and 2pm.
There was a display of classic cars and scooters outside the town hall, along with a Routemaster bus.
Songs of the sixties were sung by the Council’s staff singing group, and a taste of that era with party food such as pineapple and cheese on sticks, provided by the Town Hall’s in-house catering ‘The Pantry’.
Inside there was an exhibition of photographs of Havering from 1965 to the present day.
A special 50th anniversary cake was cut during the event by the Mayor and Julia Beckwith, who works at the council and whose own birthday coincides with the anniversary.