Holt plan to mark Great Fire anniversary

Holt will be ablaze with events over the May bank holiday weekend as the town commemorates the 300th anniversary of the Great Fire of Holt, which devastated the town in 1708.

Holt will be ablaze with events over the May bank holiday weekend as the town commemorates the 300th anniversary of the Great Fire of Holt, which devastated the town in 1708.

A packed schedule has been amassed and the weekend will kick-off with a church service followed by a candlelit procession through the town.

Over the weekend commemorations will range from a radio broadcast -contacting the other Holts in the world, to a street fair and display boards.

Holt Town Council Chairman, Bryan Payne, said he hoped the weekend would be something that they all remember for great community participation and that it was because of the community spirit in the days and years after the great fire that there is such a fine Georgian Town in which the people of Holt can live and work.


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The Commemorative Weekend runs from Friday May 2 to Monday May 5.

A Great Fire Flower Festival at St Andrews Parish Church will run throughout the celebrations.

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May 1, Ascension Day service, 7pm, followed by a candlelit procession through the town.

May 2, Fireman's Ball, Holt Community Centre, 7.30 to 11.30pm.

May 3, Holt Fire Station Open Day, 10am to 3pm.

Street Fair, Church Street, 11am to 4.30pm.

Holt Country Park - bonfire, hog roast and period dancing, 2pm onwards.

Holt Library events, Holt Library 9.30am to 4pm.

May 4, Civic Service in St Andrews Parish Church, 3pm.

May 3 and 4, Historical display in Holt Community Centre, 10.30am to 4pm and Dittern DX Group radio station broadcast, Holt playing fields, Kelling Road, 9am to 5pm.

For further information contact the Town Clerk, Di Dann, on 01263 712149.

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