Thousands step back in time at Festival of History

Thousands step back in time at Festival of HistoryThousands of people packed The 
Meadows in Stamford over the weekend to watch re-enactors battle it out in mock displays.

The Festival of History started on Friday for about 800 schoolchildren.

Attractions included a living history village, mock skirmishes and battles and displays by about 300 re-enactors depicting scene from eras including Romans, medieval Britain, the English Civil War, colonial America and the First World War.

On Saturday, organisers estimated between 7,000 and 8,000 people visited The Meadows and despite the wet weather on Sunday, about 2,000 people attended.

Stamford Town Partnership and Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce organised the event, with the backing of Stamford Town Council.

Project manager Robina Hill said: “It was absolutely fantastic and it went really well overall. We were blessed with a beautiful day on Saturday and The Meadows was packed.

“People thought the village was spectacular and the re-enactors all said what a fabulous town Stamford was and said everyone was very interested.

“We even had a couple of thousand people on Sunday despite the appalling weather and on Friday, the teachers were all huddled under umbrellas but the children didn’t care about the rain and they really threw themselves into it.”

The events on Saturday began with a parade, starting at The George Hotel and passing Stamford Town Hall where mayor David Brailsford took the salute.

Although entry to the festival was free, collections were made towards the £20,000 running costs and for The Children Safety Education Foundation.

Source: Rutland & Stamford Mercury



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