Regency Festival delivers colour to holiday weekend

Horncastle and neighbouring villages have again hosted the Lincolnshire Regency Society's annual festival. EMN-150529-165819001
Horncastle and neighbouring villages have again hosted the Lincolnshire Regency Society's annual festival. EMN-150529-165819001
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Horncastle and neighbouring villages have again hosted the Lincolnshire Regency Society’s annual festival.

The popular event kicked off at Horncastle Community Centre on Friday with dance practice and the performance of a Regency-related play entitled ‘Lost in Love’ by J.H Noble. This comedy play concerns the quest for love and marriage of a naive young dandy.

Next morning, festival-goers assembled at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, prior to heading through the woods to the Broadway where they enjoyed carriage rides in the spring sunshine. Afternoon teas were taken back at the Petwood.

In the evening, members and guests assembled at Sausthorpe Hall, near Spilsby, for a soiree featuring professional historian John White who gave an ‘eye-witness’ account of the Battle of Waterloo.

This was followed by a performance of Tudor Period music by De Mowbraye’s Musicke, attired in period dress.

Sandy Fisher, joint-owner of the hall, provided dinner.

Sunday morning saw a visit to the St Joseph Banks Centre for an account of the life and works of Sir Joseph Banks, the famous 18th Century botanist whose properties included a town house in Horncastle.

That evening saw a a banquet in the Admiral Rodney Hotel, followed by a Grand Ball in the Top Deck Suite, with music again provided by De Mowbraye’s Musicke.

Monday May 4 saw socoety members meet at Gunby Hall, Spilsby, for Gunby’s annual Regency Day, which was opened by Sir Mostyn Mainwaring-Malhuish.

Entertainment included two dance displays and a picnic on the lawns.

That evening, the White Hart Pub in Tetford hosted supper, poetry readings and the performance of a short comedy play, A Clash of Colours by J.H Noble.

“The Festival was blessed with fair weather on both the Saturday and the Monday. It was a great success, much enjoyed by guests and members alike. It is hoped this annual festival promotes the attractions of Horncastle and draws more tourists to the town,” said society secretary Joanne Sculthorpe.

Horncastle’s first Regency Day was in 2009, but has since grown into a four-day festival attracting the support of hundreds.