A day of medieval celebration for Tring began with a knitted revolution and ended with a firework finale as the town celebrated 700 years since the signing of the market charter.
The town awoke to a vivid display of knitted handiwork in Church Square on Monday morning before mayor Stephen Hearn, town crier Steve Berry and Vivianne Child and Steffi Buse from Tring Together gathered at the Kings Arms pub in the Tring Triangle.
The foursome travelled by traditional horse and trap to all eight schools in the area, speaking to 3,000 children.
The town crier read the original charter to the assembled youngsters and the mayor explained the importance of the document to the town – both in 1315 and today.
In the afternoon, the Tring & District Local History Museum & Society presented the church with a new Washington family tree to hang in the St Peter & Paul’s, as one of former US president George Washington’s ancestors lived in Tring. The tree can be viewed inside the church, which is open every day.
The evening saw a capacity crowd in the High Street church as Michael Beasley, Bishop of Hertford, and Revd Huw Bellis of Tring led the fiesta celebrations which included a condensed ‘700-year history of Tring in 700 seconds’ and musical entertainment from Tring School.
This was followed by a BBQ and medieval music in the churchyard before a
beacon was lit on the church roof and the crowds enjoyed a fireworks display.
Vivianne Child of Tring
Together said: “It’s been a
wonderful day with more than 3,700 people getting involved today alone – and there’s lots more to come.”
> Although the town carnival and Charter Day are over, the celebrations in Tring are set to continue until Sunday.
Get your thinking caps on for Thursday evening’s Tring 700 Quiz, organised by Tring Lions. The evening will begin at 7.30pm at the Victoria Hall and tickets cost £10 each or £75 for a table of eight. Call Alan on 01442 824287.
On Friday, Tring Library is holding a medieval and heritage open day from 9am-6pm, including storytime for youngsters.
There will be more ancient fun and games at Tring Farmers’ Market between 9am to 12.15pm on Saturday.
The two-week bonanza will finish with the Tring Park Family Fun Day between 10am-4pm.
Organised by Woodland Trust, the day will offer a dog show, abaking competition, willow weaving, theatre entertainment, agriculture displays and much more.
For a full itinerary and more info, visit www.tring700.org