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Festival Review 2009

Opened on Friday 17th September with the Pre-festival Get Together prior to the very busy first day.  It was lovely to see old friends and make some new ones over a glass of wine and nibbles.

Saturday 19th September was the most magical start to any celebration ever! From the old to the very young everyone thoroughly enjoyed the opening day. At 11am sharp the Grand Regency Promenade began; well over 400 people dressed in glorious costumes took part, led by our Town Crier and escorted through the streets by the Navy and the 32nd Cornwall Regiment.

During the Promenade a stop was made at the Assembly Rooms where the promenaders gathered in the Ballroom for ten minutes to attempt to break the record for ‘The Largest gathering of people dressed in Regency costumes’. The number to beat was 200 – the final count, 412.
After the record attempt the next stop was at the Royal Crescent to ‘breathe the air of better company’ and also pose for a gigapan! This exciting piece of technology is basically a very large panoramic photograph that you can zoom in to see the finer details.

Later in the afternoon Kelly Walpole and Ian Charlesworth became husband and wife, exchanging their vows in the splendour of the old courtroom of the Guildhall with everyone, including the Registrar, dressed in Regency costumes. After the wedding the happy couple, with their military escort and followed by their guests, strolled back to the Royal Crescent where shots were fired in salute.

…and that was just the first day! Other highlights included the wonderful trip to Chawton, Dinner with Mr Jolly and a very special Country Dance.

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