Changeable weather on the Friday did little to dampen the enthusiasm of those who attended the 100 year celebration of Tattershall Castle being opened to the public.
On Friday evening a champagne reception was held in the castle for local dignitaries, volunteers and supporters.
They were given the opportunity to go on themed tours of the castle and grounds led by Paul Robinson, the castle’s Visitor Experience Manager; Rachael Hall, Regional Archaeologist, Andrew Barber, Regional Conservator and Carl Hawke, Wildlife and Countryside Officer.
The tours covered the history, archaeology and flora and fauna of the site and everyone had the opportunity to take advantage of the vast knowledge of the tour leaders.
Doreen Stephenson, Leader of ELDC said “A wonderful evening. I went on the archaeological tour, the enthusiasm everyone has shown to share the knowledge they have got, and the opportunity to reminisce about when they were here as children and bringing their grandchildren as well.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the evening - it has been fantastic.”
The highlight of the evening without doubt was the spectacular light show where 800 years of history was projected onto the face of the castle face.
Sara Blair-Manning, National Trust General Manager, North Lincolnshire & South Nottinghamshire, said “The Tattershall Castle staff and volunteer team in association with Event Management UK and their Italian design facility have done an incredible job in creating this major 3D projection event.
“We will be using the projection facility as an interpretation tool inside the castle on a daily basis, which will give an overview of the history of the castle and take a more modern look at how the castle can be seen.
“I am really proud of what the team have achieved and think that this is a really exciting way of approaching interpretation for The National Trust.”
In order for the public to enjoy this specially designed 3D projection, the castle opened its grounds on Saturday night and held a free concert, featuring the Alford Silver Band.
The weather was perfect, sunny but cool, and the grounds were packed with eager locals waiting for the projection to start.
As soon as the projection was shown silence fell and the little lights of camera phones filming the event were held in the air.
The evening ended with whooping and applause and everybody leaving with a smile on their face and having their socks definitely blown off by the celebratory spectacle.
Here’s to the next 100 years.