Full steam ahead for her­itage open day

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by WIL­LIAM BRADLEY wil­liam.bradley@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @GetSur­reyWill

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.

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