Galleries: Visitors from near and far enjoy Fenland Heritage weekend.

FENLAND’S history was unravelled as visitors from near and far enjoyed historic sites like the March Museum and Wisbech Castle for free as part of the Heritage weekend.

The Friends of March Railway Station exhibited a number of displays in the disused parts of the station, which opened more than 150 years ago whilst Fenland Light Railway .

Tours round the March Waste Transfer Station gave visitors an insight to what happens to their rubbish after it’s collected and the town’s three churches all opened their doors to the public.

Atelier East hosted two exhibitions at Octavia View by Wisbech artists Neville Palmer and 18-year-old Maddie Rumbelow and affordable housing pioneer Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House also was free for visitors.

Vivien, the Leyland fire engine which served Wisbech from 1932 to 1963, was parked outside the Town Council chamber which had an additional display within the building.

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Jennifer Lawler, spokesman for the March area regeneration and development trust and the March society, said: “Heritage Open Days give us the opportunity to celebrate our local heritage, culture and architecture in our past, present and future.”

A Spitfire fly past was a highlight of the Whittlesey festival which coincided with the Heritage activities. The festival included a classic car show, dancing and entertainers.

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Two walks round Chatteris saw visitors learn fascinating glimpses of what life was like since Medieval times and quirky and curious facts about the market town.

Susanah Farmer, Wisbech Town Council deputy town clerk, said: “The weather was wonderful and visitors from far and near took the opportunity to enjoy Wisbech and district’s rich heritage.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who organised, staffed, took part in or allowed visitors to experience properties and events in Wisbech during Heritage Open Days 2011.”

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