What a beautiful morning to reopen our renovated Town Square. We were delighted that Deputy Chair of County Durham, Mike Dixon, and his wife Mary, came to Shildon to cut the red ribbon and declare it open once more. The County Council have pulled out all the stops to complete the work on time and we are very grateful to them. In attendance were County Councillors Henry Nicholson and Brian Stephens and myself, as well as the leader of the Town Council, Allan Walker. A big ‘thank you’ goes to Harry, who presented flowers to Mary and did a stint of watering. It is wonderful to be able to see the statue of Timothy Hackworth clearly as he is no longer overshadowed by the canopy that until recently made it almost impossible to see him.