The new Mercury Library and Community Hub was officially named at a ceremony on Saturday 22 September in Hamble-le-Rice. The new facility has been named after the training ship, TS Mercury that was both a school and training ship moored in the Hamble River between 1885 and 1968. Around 5,000 boys were educated on the ship.
The naming ceremony was planned to coincide with the final march of the Mercury Old Boys Association.
The President of the Mercury Old Boys, Barry West, presented a model of the TS Mercury to the Chair of Hamble Parish Council Cllr Sheelagh Cohen. The model will be proudly displayed in the new community building which bears its name
Eastleigh Borough Council Leader, Cllr. Keith House said, “It was great to welcome the Mercury Old Boys to this new building and I am delighted that the name of the new facility maintains a significant link to such an important part of Hamble’s recent history.”
The Mercury Library and Community Hub is an Eastleigh Borough Council facility that will be run in partnership with Hamble Parish Council. It is currently undergoing final fit out and is planned to open later in the Autumn.
More information on the Mercury Old Boys can be found here - http://www.tsmercury.com/index.html
Photo Caption: President of the Mercury Old Boys, Barry West, Cllr Keith House and Cllr Sheelagh Cohen, with the model of the TS Mercury