What a lovely event this has been this year! The weather was very kind, and the entertainment was superb.
Alford Morris had organised a Day of Dance on Sunday with some great performances from Grimsby Morris Men, New Hampton Sword, Allington Morris, Mr. Murderie’s Players, Herring Gals and Alford Morris!
The Earthbound Misfits got the children juggling and doing acrobatics as well as giving their own performances of Amazing Feats.
Paul Douglas’s rather black Punch and Judy captivated both adults and children, with the usual shouts of ‘Oh no he isn’t’.
The Tales from the Heartwood storytellers were new to us this year, and had the children totally enthralled with their puppetry and romantic tales of strange happenings. We have asked them to come back again soon.
The new Pop-up Stage which replaced the Music Marquee this year seemed to work well and had lots of nice comments such as ‘ more like it was in the Old Days’ As Alford Craft Market was such a success in the ’Old Days’ we think this is a good thing!
We had some really good feedback about the quality and variety of the Craft Stalls this year too, and all our craftsmen and women said they had a good weekend. Since the recent revival of interest in traditional crafts the public are starting to appreciate how much time and dedication goes into hand made products, and we think the ‘Buy Lincolnshire Crafts’ logo on our publicity has perhaps made a difference to the way people think about nurturing the talent in their own backyard.
Thanks to Alford Manor House for providing us with such a lovely venue; their hospitality and our partnership with them has always been part of the magic of this event. Seems our visitors had smiles on their faces from the minute they stepped through the gates! We couldn’t ask for more.