Thousands of people attended Stamford Georgian Festival over the weekend against the backdrop of wonderful sunshine.
More than 40 talks, recitals, shows, tours, rides, and a famous re-enactment of the bull run were held over three days from Friday until yesterday (Sunday).
The festival’s busiest day on Saturday saw thousands follow the wooden bull through the town to a spectacular ceremonial burning on The Meadows.
The district council’s portfolio holder for grow the economy Frances Cartwright (Con) said some traders experienced record profits.
She said: “We were very encouraged by the numbers of people that both attended and supported the weekend.
“Our aim is to drive tourism to Stamford and South Kesteven and we feel this was another positive step towards that goal, which has boosted business and also left people with some great memories.
“Our partners must be thanked including Stamford Town Council and Burghley House, Shademakers, who created the bull with students at New College Stamford, and Cummins who provided parking.
“A big thank you also to the volunteers who put in many hours to make events run smoothly and to the people of Stamford.
Traders wore costumes and so many embraced the spirit and the era the weekend explored.”
A civic reception on Friday evening gave 100 guests a flavour of the weekend with talks by TV’s Dan Cruickshank and Annie Gray and there were warm words for Stamford from Visit England chief executive James Berresford.
South Kesteven District Council chairman David Nalson officially opened the festival at the launch and Stamford town mayor Brian Sumner completed the welcoming speeches.
Sunday enjoyed the same perfect weather, attracting hundreds to watch a Georgian style cricket match and other events including a Georgian Tea Dance.
Visitors to Stamford Town Hall exceeded expectations, with more than 1,000 people through the door on Saturday alone to see the town council’s valuable ancient memorabilia.