Heritage in Highbury...
Celebrate the past with Birkenhead during Auckland Heritage Week. The three local highlights are the release of a new smartphone app, heritage horses and a concert to get your toes tapping. To help visitors find their way around Birkenhead Village they combine the present and the past. Their new smartphone app offers a guided historic tour via QR codes.
Developed by the Birkenhead Village, Town Centre Manager Kae Condon says it will really bring history alive for those using it. ‘‘QR coded plaques are at various spots and once scanned will open a link explaining the history of the building you’re looking at,’’ she says.
The buildings date right back to the earliest development in the area and many are largely unchanged. Those with plaques include the Samuel Roberts building, Frederick Morris building, Hammond Place, Hawkins Store
To launch the app, guided walks will take place on October 1 at 11am, 1pm and 3pm based around the Highbury roundabout.
Horses have long been a familar sight on the streets of Birkenhead. They were instrumental in the development of industry in the area, carting sugar from the wharf to the Chelsea Sugar Works in the 1880s. There will be free Clydesdale rides on Wednesday 1st, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October, between 11am and 3pm each day.They leave from Rawene Road, opposite the library and are on a first come, first served basis with no bookings.
Bring back the Roaring Twenties with a special free vintage jazz festival on Saturday October 4 at The Nell Fisher Reserve between 11am to 6pm.
Get the family, dress up and bring a rug and picnic to enjoy the entertainment which will include barbershop quartet Paraphernalia; the Vintage Jazz Band, Lindy Hop dancers; Jitterbug Jive dancing and The Jazz Age featuring Georgia Duder-Wood as well as a display of vintage cars. If weather is wet, the event will be held indoors instead at Highbury Centre.