Digging into the past

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A QUARTER of a century ago, work started on a new council building at the heart of the Daventry district.

The first hole on the open site near the town’s old Working Men’s Club was dug by the chairman of the council Eric Westaway.

Work was expected to last 15 months, and the finished building had a royal opening ceremony.

The council decided to built itself a new £2.9 million headquarters after it outgrew the complicated maze of different offices and buildings across the town centre that it used to occupy.

The new building brought the council’s different departments under the same roof for the first time since the authority was created in 1974.