A DAY of fun was had with an opportunity to learn about a key element of Basingstoke’s history.

Thornycroft Day, hosted by the Brookvale Community Association, took place on Saturday at Brookvale Village Hall, where people had the opportunity to learn more about the company.

On the day, there were many a selection of activities on offer including free face painting, the chance to make balloon creations and see model railways.

In addition, there was also the opportunity to learn about the previous workers at the Thornycroft Factory, and find any relatives that would have been working there.

There were also display boards with information about Thornycroft.

The event was raising funds for the Thornycroft Clock Project.

The Thornycroft Clock Project’s aim is to fund, design, procure, construct, commission and run a replica clock sited on the Brookvale Village Hall, close to the original location of the factory.

The old site, which was based in Worting Road, is where Morrisons now stands.

The team behind the Thornycroft Clock Project is looking to fundraise, receive grants and donations, as well as carry out the design, construction and commissioning work of the project.

Ted Blackmore-Squires, from the project, said: “Many thanks to all who helped, contributed and attended.”