THIS weekend marks the 100th anniversary of Tilbury Town.

From it’s 16th century port, to it’s deep-water fort, Tilbury is steeped in history and to celebrate that history and commemorate its 100 years of existence, the London Cruise Terminal, in Ferry Road, Tilbury, is hosting an open day on Sunday, April 1.

The day aims to offer people the opportunity to learn more about the town by looking at the bygone days and current landmarks, with a series of exhibitions, talks and guided walks, organised by the Tilbury Riverside Project and Thurrock Museum Service.

The day begins at 10am with a tour of the Port of Tilbury, the principal port for London, followed by a presentation on Tilbury’s 100 year history by Thurrock Council’s heritage and museums officer, and Gazette columnist, Jonathan Catton, at 11am.

Local historian Mike Ostler will lead a short guided walk at 11am, along the Thames from the cruise terminal to the fort, which was originally built by Henry VIII to defend London from sea attack in the 16th century.

Both events are repeated in the afternoon, with the famous Tilbury Brass Band playing throughout the day. Cream teas and refreshments will also be served.

Thurrock Museum Services will also be displaying artefacts and the Heritage and Community Archive will also have stands set up within the cruise Tterminal building.

Organiser Annie O’Brien, of the Tilbury Riverside Project, said: “Tilbury will be 100-years-old on Sunday. This is an opportunity to show what we have got in the town.

“It’s a time to celebrate and bring civic pride to the town.”

This celebration follows last years 125th anniversary of the Port of Tilbury. There will be a further, outdoor celebration of Tilbury’s centenary in July.

A shuttle bus will be running free of charge along the 99 bus route, from Tilbury Town Station, at 9.30am and every hour after that until 2.30pm.

A return service will run on the hour from 11am to 5pm.