Uttlesford History Fair a hit

PUBLISHED: 12:33 30 March 2009 | UPDATED: 21:44 31 May 2010

Picture: Peter Riding was town crier for the day, helped by his assistant, James Lowe, 11   Picture: GORDON RIDGEWELL

Picture: Peter Riding was town crier for the day, helped by his assistant, James Lowe, 11 Picture: GORDON RIDGEWELL

THE first-ever Uttlesford History Fair proved to be a resounding success with about 2000 people turning up to the event held at Saffron Walden Town Hall on Saturday. Visitors came from as far away as Cornwall, Wales and Wiltshire and there were historians

THE first-ever Uttlesford History Fair proved to be a resounding success with about 2000 people turning up to the event held at Saffron Walden Town Hall on Saturday.

Visitors came from as far away as Cornwall, Wales and Wiltshire and there were historians from all over Essex and Uttlesford villages, many of them interested in family history.

A spokesman for the Recorders of Uttlesford History, who organised the fair, said: "We had the feeling it was going to be a good day but the results surpassed even our best hopes. What is more important is that they all seemed to enjoy themselves so much."

Saffron Walden mayor, Cllr Mike Hibbs, opened the fair and emphasised the importance of history in promoting a sense of community, and how strong it was in the town. He was accompanied by the town crier for the day, Peter Riding and his assistant, 11-year-old James Lowe.

Altogether 30 recorders and local history organisations offered an insight into the fascinating history of the Uttlesford district. There were many original archives on show, photographic displays, digital presentations and archaeological objects.

The Essex Record Office exhibits included a demonstration of techniques for conserving old documents, and workshops on family history.

Saffron Walden Town Council also put on a display of their ancient town archives, which aroused a huge amount of interest.

The event as a whole firmly put history and heritage on the Uttlesford map and raised the profile of the recorders, who do essential work in their communities recording and conserving documents and promoting a love of history.

Chairman of the recorders, Jacqueline Cooper, said: "The free entry was much appreciated by visitors. This was thanks to the generous sponsorship of a number of organisations and businesses which we appreciated so much, considering the difficult financial times they are going through.

"We would like to specially thank Uttlesford District Council, Waitrose Ltd, the Saffron Walden Initiative, the Saffron Walden Arts Trust and local businesses who sponsored the event."

Photographs from the history fair - taken by Gordon Ridgewell - can be seen on the recorders' website www.recordinguttlesfordhistory.org.uk

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