I'm enormously proud of my adopted town as you might be able to tell! Not enormously proud of this LO however!
Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Britain, steeped in history pre-dating even the Romans who arrived 2000 years ago. Our castle is nearly 1000 years old, built on the foundations of the temple of Claudius built a millennium earlier. But time moves on and in order to survive the town cannot rely on its past glories. In 2012 one town in Britain will be awarded city status by the Queen as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations. Colchester is anxious to be that town.
We have very few modern public buildings to boast of. But this is changing. The university, often in the vanguard of architectural fashion commissioned the Ivor Crewe Lecture Theatre which was opened in 2006 and this year, the controversial Visual Arts Facility (VAF) in the town centre will open its doors for the first time. The juxtaposition of the ancient and venerable with the modern and contentious will be interesting.