Gallery: Thousands turn out for Chatteris Medieval Festival

CHATTERIS made history with its “memorable” medieval festival.

Early figures show that more than 4,000 people took part in this year’s summer celebration in Furrowfields Road to make it the town’s most successful ever community event.

Highlights included a schools’ day attended by 500 children, entertainment with Viking period drama displays and a colourful parade which had crowds of excited residents lining the streets.

Mayor of Chatteris Councillor Peter Murphy said: “It was a memorable event and a great day for Chatteris.

“When the parade went through the town, the amount of people outside on the street clapping was terrific. The event makes everyone happier.”

And Fenland District Council events manager Mike Chapman said: “We want to say a big thank you to the community because they make the event what it is.”

Mr Chapman is carrying out an evaluation of this year’s event, which was sponsored by James Gravens and Sons, but says: “We’ve had lots of positive responses already.”

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Even though it was competing with festivals in Peterborough and Huntingdon, Mr Chapman believes Chatteris attracted people from miles around with its mock battles, medieval displays and fun stalls, such as have-a-go archery and mosaic making.

The council’s mobile gym also made its debut in the town and 25 children from Thomas Eaton Primary School were given awards for their period costumes.

Footfall is expected to be 1,000 up on last year but even more important is the “reinforcement of community spirit”, Mr Chapman says.

“This event was a place where people could interact. It was great for community well being,” he added.

However event organisers are far from complacent.

Planning has already begun for next year’s event as Chatteris Town Council aim to go one better.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved should call Chatteris Town Council clerk Joanna Melton on 01354 695166.

• Pictures: STEVE WILLIAMS

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