Celebration for Royal Doulton hospital tiles

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IT has taken two years to secure their future and now all who helped are invited to celebrate.

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, in East Street, Havant, is displaying the Royal Doulton tiles which once adorned the walls of the children’s ward of Havant War Memorial Hospital.

They were saved from being abandoned by local people, the NHS, The Spring and Hampshire County Council.

The NHS managed to cut a deal with the developer which bought the building.

The developer paid for them to be carefully removed and restored.

Local businesses and members of the public helped pay for the plinths that all 10 have now been displayed on.

On September 6 there will be a public celebration of all the hard work people put into making sure the tiles stay in Havant.

There will be a vote on which ones to keep at The Spring past the end of the exhibition, on October 25.

In the coming years all the tiles will go on display at some point.

The celebration begins at midday and goes on until 2pm. Everyone will have the chance to look closely at the 10 tiles.

All are welcome.