Stamford’s first ever Georgian Festival was officially launched today (Friday) with traditional food and drink and even a royal visit.
The festival, which will be held from September 27 to 29, is a celebration of Stamford’s heritage and is being jointly organised by South Kesteven District Council, Stamford Town Council and Burghley House Preservation Trust.
Council representatives, some in full Georgian costume, were joined by Stamford traders and special guests for an official launch in Red Lion Street today.
And King George III made a special appearance to tell his subjects about the event.
Mayor of Stamford, Coun Brian Sumner (Con) said: “I hope it will bring a lot of people into the town to help our businesses. A lot of planning has gone into it and it will be very authentic.”
Stamford town councillor David Nalson (Con) was delighted to see the festival take place during his year as chairman of the district council.
He said: “We all know Stamford is the best place to live in Britain and heritage plays a big part in that.
“It’s a good thing for Stamford’s present and past.”
Many Stamford businesses have been invited to take part in the festival and two, Melbourn Brothers pub and Hambleton Bakery, were giving out samples at the launch.
Melbourn Brothers landlord Mark Brecknock said: “We offered to give brewery tours during the festival. And we will do whatever else we can to support it.
“They are doing the traditional bull run during the event and we have a bull on the wall in the pub to tie in with that.”
Rob Hill, of Hambleton Bakery, added: “We make bread the same way it was made years ago. We hope to make people aware of what we do through the festival.”
Portfolio holder for grow the economy and economic development at the district council Coun Frances Cartwright (Con) said: “Stamford is a beautiful Georgian town, hence the festival.
“We want people to understand the town’s heritage and enjoy the ambience.
“We have had a very positive reaction so far. People are very interested, especially in the Horrible Histories shows which I think will both sell out.”
Full details on the festival can be found on the South Kesteven District Council website.