Stamford’s 13th Apple Day is not unlucky for visitors

Apple Day at Stamford Arts Centre. 
Picture by Terry Harris

Apple Day at Stamford Arts Centre. Picture by Terry Harris

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While it might prove unlucky for some, the 13th annual Apple Day proved to have a wide a-peel to visitors.

Stamford Community Orchard Group hosted its annual Apple Day at Stamford Arts Centre and it proved as popular as ever to people from across the area - except for a short time in the afternoon when a heavy burst of rain kept people from coming in and those who were already in, from leaving!

Apple Day at Stamford Arts Centre.

Apple Day at Stamford Arts Centre.

The East of England Apple and Orchards Project brought along many different varieties of apple for people to see and sample and experts were also on hand to identify some of the apples visitors brought with them. This proved popular with the experts run off their feet for most of the day.

Members of the community orchard group also shared their advice on how to look after your own apple trees, while there was also lots of crafts and fun games for children - including of course, apple bobbing.

Stallholders were also there selling a range of products.

But for chairman of the Stamford Community Orchard Group Annie Hall, the highlight was seeing the look of pure joy on a youngster’s face when he realised he had won a competition to guess the number of apples in a basket. With guesses ranging from 20 to 79, it was nine-year-old Finley’s guess of 30 which meant he secured a book token and some delicious apples of his own to enjoy.

Apple Day at Stamford Arts Centre.

Apple Day at Stamford Arts Centre.

Annie said: “It was once again enormous fun - we had a lot more people bringing in their apples so the experts were kept very busy identifying them all. In fact, they’ve never been so busy.”

Annie also thanked all the volunteers without whom this day just can’t happen and to businesses which gave tombola prizes. She paid particular thanks to Stamford Arts Centre for hosting the event.