Full steam ahead for heritage open day
MORE than 8,000 people visited Old Amersham on Sunday for Amersham Heritage Day.
This included 3,000 people who arrived via three heritage buses on the free service between Chesham and Old Amersham.
“Amersham came to a standstill once more for Amersham Heritage Day, the jewel in the crown of our civic event calendar,” said Steve Catanach, town clerk of Amersham Town Council.
“The sight of steam engines puffing past the Market Hall up to The Eagle bought back memories of a bygone era, while adding interest to a day that had something for everyone.
“A huge thank you to all our residents and visitors who helped to make the event such a success.”
The day kicked off at 11.30am with attractions including pony rides, a classic car display, a children’s petting zoo, live musical entertainment and medieval re-enactments.
Market stalls lined the high street and a Victorian tea room was held in the Market Hall.
The popular event also featured entertainment throughout the day including Chiltern Jive Club and Soundforce Big Band, plus Irish dancing and the Chesham All Girls Marching Band.
In conjunction with Amersham Town Council, volunteers held a hor- ticultural show along with a bulb and card sale, raising awareness of the Amersham in Bloom initiative.
The Kings Chapel, Old Amersham Methodist Church, Quaker Meeting House & Meadow, Amersham Museum and St Mary’s Church, including the Drake Chapel, were all open to the public.
Hamptons International and the Chiltern Chamber sponsored the well-attended event.