Party plans to mark the 700th anniversary of Tring becoming a market town at the end of this month are well under way.
Organisers Tring Together have co-ordinated two weeks of activities celebrating the seven centuries since King Edward II signed the charter which officially declared Tring a prosperous market town in 1315.
The fun will kick-off on Thursday, June 25 with former Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss performing at Muzicmeet in the Marquee, supported by local talent. Mr Morriss agreed to play in Tring after Richard Langston – one of the organisers for the weekly Muzicmeet group at The Black Horse in Tring – gave him a call.
Mr Langston, who has pressed a few CDs for Mark through his Tring-based company Mighty Media Discs, said: “I’m a massive Bluetones fan, and when I started my company I started contacting lots of indie musicians.
“I press a few CDs for Mark and he even came to my house and met my wife and daughter. When I asked him if he was up for playing in Tring, he said ‘Absolutely’.
“We’re delighted to have him in Tring. He’s the perfect musician for the job.”
Mark will be supported by singer-songwriter Sophie Ray, 22-year-old folk/acoustic musician Harry Phillips, and Pete & Dunk.
Tickets are £8 each and the music starts at 7.30pm. Tickets can be bought from Beechwoods on Frogmore Street, Tring Brewery, Haresfoot Brewery in Berkhamsted or www.wegottickets.com
The fun continues on Friday, June 26 with the Friends of Tring Church Heritage’s Party in the Park, which is also a celebration of the group’s 25th anniversary.
The fun starts at 7pm in the marquee on Pound Meadow, and tickets are £15 from Grahame Senior on 01442 822770.
Saturday, June 27, is carnival day between midday and 5pm and will begin with a traditional High Street parade leading to a medieval-themed carnival in Pound Meadow. It is expected the event will attract 5,000 visitors while showcasing the best local food, drink, business and entertainment, with stalls galore plus fairground rides, a vintage car rally and dog show thrown in.
Charter Day is Monday, June 29, with the town mayor and crier visiting Tring’s schools to commemorate the historical milestone, followed by a street parade and party at St Peter & St Paul’s Church on the High Street.
Wrapping up the two weeks of frivolities is a family fun day in Tring Park on Sunday, July 5 – something that has not happened for a number of decades. Visit www.tring700.org to read more about every single event.