Party time Edwardian style a hit at Ayscoughfee

Edwardian Garden Party at Ayscoughee Hall in Spalding. ANL-140727-105229009
Edwardian Garden Party at Ayscoughee Hall in Spalding. ANL-140727-105229009
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An Edwardian Garden Party held at Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall over the weekend was a real hit with the crowds.

The event was devised so today’s residents could experience what Spalding might have been like before the outbreak of World War One.

The garden party featured traditional Punch and Judy shows, garden games and contests, and costume competitions for those who came along in Edwardian dress.

There was also historic music on offer, as well as a fortune teller, and familiar faces from the time including a recruiting sergeant and a Suffragette.

Speaking before the event Julia Knight, museum officer at Ayscoughfee Hall, said: “We decided to look at what life was like in Spalding around the time of the outbreak of war, not concentrating on the military side so much as the general life in Spalding in 1914 and the real lives of the people affected by it.”

A Book of Remembrance was also begun at the hall over the weekend.