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Cockermouth gears up for Georgian Fair

Cockermouth is gearing up to step back in time next week with the arrival of the Georgian Fair.

It is hoped that up to 15,000 people will help to celebrate the town’s heritage at the event, which this year will span the May Day weekend, from next Thursday, May 3, to Sunday, May 6.

It is hoped that plenty of people will dress in Georgian costumes for the event. About 100 people have already attended costume making workshops at the town’s Kirkgate Centre.

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and Allerdale Neighbourhood Forum, the last costume workshop will take place between 10am and 3pm tomorrow.

David Cornwall, chairman of the Georgian Fair Organising Group, said: “The workshops have been fantastic and have had people of all ages attending. The fair is much more fun if you dress up and join in.”

The last fair, in 2010, was one of the first major events after the 2009 floods and aimed to show that the town was getting back on its feet.

Mr Cornwall hopes that this year’s event will celebrate what the town has now got.

He said: “We have got the shop fronts looking very good and we have got a lot to be proud of. We want to celebrate it and share it with others.”

A concert of Georgian song will take place on Thursday at 7.30pm in Christ Church, featuring pupils and staff from Cockermouth School, local singers and the University of the Third Age Early Music Group.

On Friday, the prelude at Christ Church begins at 7pm with Ladies of a Certain Age, a celebration of women’s style in Jane Austen’s time.

Then an evening of dancing will begin at 9pm with local band Village Green and demonstrations of Playford Dance from the Adlington Dance Group.

Tickets for both events are on sale at the Kirkgate Centre at £7 each or £12.

The fair itself begins at 9.45am on Saturday in Market Place, when Cockermouth mayor Christine Smith and fair patrons Lord and Lady Judd will open proceedings.

There will be a full programme of music and dance featuring Belfagan Women’s Morris and their guests, street entertainment, markets and guided walks.

There will be maypole dancing in Bitterbeck car park by local brownie and school groups.

It will finish in a showcase dance in the car park at 2pm, followed by the costumed procession through the town at 3pm to the Memorial Gardens where musket firing and sedan chair racing will finish the afternoon.

Teams of five can sign up for the 100-yard sedan race, with teams of four carrying a fifth team member in the chair. The winners will receive a trophy donated by M-Sport and a case of beer.

There will also be a children’s race using a smaller version chair with a teddy bear inside.

Teams may be entered on the day.

For adult teams a form is available on the Georgian Fair website or from Limelighting on Station Street.

Sunday’s events will include morris dancing and, at 2pm, a grand finale concert at All Saints Church.

The Cockermouth Grand Georgian Orchestra will premiere Overture Solonelle, a new arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture to commemorate the bi-centenary of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia.

The piece, arranged by Dr Philip Wood, was commissioned by the Cockermouth Georgian Fair organising group with funding from the Hadfield Trust.

The concert will also feature The Castlegate Singers, Piping Hot, and Yann Tan young folk group.

Admission will be free and donations can be made on the day.

Have your say

I really hope we get a nice day, weather wise. As we have had mixed fortunes in the past.

I would be such a shame if it did rain after all the hard work put in by both the adults and children.

Posted by TA on 30 April 2012 at 12:58

Promises to be a great day - see you all there!

Posted by Cockermouth Georgian on 28 April 2012 at 21:34

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