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Thistleton Heritage Weekend tells tales aplenty

Vikings and highwaymen have been among the various visitors to a village which celebrates its rich history next weekend (July 17 and 18).

Thistleton Heritage Weekend promises plenty for those who love tales from the past, and thanks to some incredible parish records and a top team of local researchers, the event will have plenty to fascinate.

Displays in the church will tell some of Thistleton's finest stories, including the famed Cribbs/Molineaux Boxing Championship at Thistleton Gap in 1811, how DH Lawrence's jilted lover had deep-buried links with the locality, plus plenty more.

Louie Burrows, who was jilted by DH Lawrence
Louie Burrows, who was jilted by DH Lawrence

Alongside these tales will be the history of Thistleton School, as well as a showcase of work carried out during lockdown to save and repair the church for future generations to use as both a church and community building.

As well as putting in their own time, the village has been supported by the National Lottery, which funded a recent rebuild of the church enabling this and future events.

Thistleton Heritage Weekend will see the church open up and residents declare a welcome to visitors from 1.30pm to 5pm on the Saturday (July 17) and on the Sunday (July 18).

While entry is free, donations towards the upkeep of the church will be very welcome. Refreshments will be available throughout the weekend.

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