SWINDON Civic Voice is celebrating Swindon's GWR Medical Fund and Health Centre and the role the premises played in inspiring the creation of the NHS.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, a blue heritage plaque will honour the Fund which provided care to 40,000 people in the town. It will be unveiled outside the Health Hydro on Faringdon Road, which was the former site of the centre.

Civic Voice chairman John Stooke said: "We've got a whole range of tours going on for a thousand or so people.The medical centre is such an iconic building. It's such a major part of Swindon's history and there was a huge outcry when it was threatened to be turned into flats."

People can enjoy the tour between 11.00 and 4.00 pm on Saturday, while a tour of the GWR Railway Village will start at 1.00 pm.

John added: "We encourage the protection of the few historic buildings left in Swindon."

Robert Buckland and Swindon mayor Maureen Penny will be present for the unveiling.