Stamford is ready for a trip back to Georgian times

Staff from Sukies Party Emporium dressed in period costume to promote Stamford's upcoming Georgian Festival. Pictured at Browne's Hospital, from left, technical manager Roger Bradshaw, business owner Christine Bradshaw and manager Vikki Norton.'Photo: MSMP190913-013ow
Staff from Sukies Party Emporium dressed in period costume to promote Stamford's upcoming Georgian Festival. Pictured at Browne's Hospital, from left, technical manager Roger Bradshaw, business owner Christine Bradshaw and manager Vikki Norton.'Photo: MSMP190913-013ow

Stamford will be transported back to the 1700s for a weekend as the town is taken over by a festival of history and heritage.

Stamford Georgian Festival will begin on Friday next week and will celebrate one of the most influential periods in the town’s history.

The official opening will take place at 5pm at Stamford Arts Centre with taster talks from two of the festival’s main speakers, BBC presenter Dan Cruickshank and food historian Dr Annie Gray.

Chief executive of Visit England James Beresford will also attend the launch.

The festival has primarily been organised and funded by South Kesteven District Council.

Portfolio holder for grow the economy Coun Frances Cartwright (Con) said: “This is set to be a great start to usher in the weekend’s festivities and events and acknowledge how much work has gone into making this festival happen.

“We’ve invited a range of guests to reflects our partners and interested parties.”

Several businesses around the town are also preparing to join in the historical fun.

Sukies Party Emporium, in Broad Street, Stamford, is getting involved by providing bespoke costumes from the Georgian era.

The shop already has a vast amount of Georgian garments available for hire throughout the festival spanning the period between 1714 and 1830.

Staff at Sukies will also be wearing costumes over the festival weekend.

Sukies joint owner Christine Bradshaw said: “South Kesteven District Council came up with the idea for local businesses to get involved, so we’ve risen to the challenge.

“We’re really looking forward to the event and it will be great for Stamford because we are a Georgian town and it’s never been promoted.

“I would like to encourage everyone to come and get involved in this great event. The more people who get dressed up in costume, the more of a bespoke event it will be.”

Sukies also plans to have a Georgian-themed photo booth in store, where people can dress up. If you would like to hire a costume go to the Sukies website or call01780 754829

The Mercury’s own history will also play a part in the festival.

The Stamford Mercury Archive Trust will display an illustrated presentation on the history of the paper in Stamford Library during the festival.

The Mercury was founded right at the start of the Georgian period in 1712.

Archive trust secretary John Smith said: “The presentation takes the newspaper from its foundation in St Martin’s in 1712 to the end of the Georgian period in 1830.

“There were no such things as national newspapers in the early days and the Stamford Mercury was the only source of news for this area.

“In its heyday it served the whole of the East Midlands from The Wash to Nottinghamshire and from Yorkshire to Bedfordshire.”

The presentation covers the various wars and rebellions of the period, as reported in the Mercury, along with more local news from the area.

There will also be an explanation of the archive trust’s work.

A full range of events and activities will take place throughout Stamford on Friday, Saturday and Sunday next week.

To book tickets visit the Stamford Georgian Festival website.