Locals get ready to party

2017-05-09 06:00

Fish Hoek residents are being called to plan the birthday bash of the century.

Next year will mark 100 years after Fish Hoek was made a municipality and to ensure a fitting celebration, a working group is being established. It will also be the bicentennial of the granting of the original Fish Hoek Farm title deed of 1818.

The first plot was sold in Fish Hoek in April 1918, following the subdivision of the farm, explains Fish Hoek Historical Society spokesperson Alan Lindner. After 1918, families who had bought residential plots built simple seaside cottages on them, only later converting them into more refined permanent residences. The township was originally administered as a divisional council of the Cape. In 1921 the Fish Hoek local board was formed with just three members, and in the same year the Fish Hoek Ratepayers’ Association was formed. In September 1921 Fish Hoek’s first election took place. When Fish Hoek became a municipality in 1940, the village management board’s long-serving chairperson, Herman Scott Jager, became its first mayor.

The working group, which any resident and historian can join, needs people with experience with fundraising, planners, organisers and creatives, says Brian Youngblood, chairperson of the Fish Hoek Valley Ratepayers and Residents’ Association.

The working group will also liaise with local businesses to gather support, he says.

V The first meeting of the working group will take place in the Fish Hoek Library meeting room on Thursday 1 June at 17:30. All are welcome to attend.

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