Hundreds turn out for Ashwell street party to mark 1,100 years of village

PUBLISHED: 07:37 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 07:50 12 July 2017

Ashwell street party. Picture: David Short

Ashwell street party. Picture: David Short

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Hundreds of people turned out for a street party along Ashwell’s High Street on Sunday to celebrate the 1,100 years since the village was founded.

Ashwell street party. Picture: Josephine Lohoar Self Ashwell street party. Picture: Josephine Lohoar Self

The High Street was closed to traffic and bunting, tables, chairs and umbrellas put out before around 750 people arrived with their picnics.

Early in the party members of the rainbows group danced, while later on two wandering resident musicians – one playing a lute and the other an accordion – strolled around entertaining. A piano was also put out for anyone to play.

The Ashwell 1100 celebration’s logo had been made into a metre square textile collage and was placed where all could see it – just above a specially made cake.

A spokesman said: “Everyone seemed to enjoy the day and it was generally agreed that the occasion should be repeated, but probably sooner than in 1,100 years’ time!”

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