Lives in Ross-on-Wye
of England in Bloom judges visit the town annually, to
assess for awards in the regional 'In Bloom' competitions.
This year it was decided to make the day somewhat different.
As up to 30% of the total marks for Ross are given on
Community involvement, a historical costume day was put
forward as something in which the whole of the community
could become involved. A good result in this competition
brings a lot of excellent publicity world wide through
the Heart of England Tourist Board advertising features.
This in turn brings plenty of town visitors, to boost
the local economy.
main character of this Living History Event is Lord Nelson,
who is celebrating 200 years since the Battle of Trafalgar
this year. He will be in Ross this week to commemorate
walking in the gardens of Merton House 203 years ago,
on 25th July 1802. He will be bringing Lady Emma Hamilton
with him, to show her the wonderful views from the gardens
and the beautiful town she missed all those years ago.
visiting characters will include John Kyrle, who will
be bringing his mother with him to look at changes made
to his home in High Street. Tudor ladies will be visiting
from the Court of King Henry VIII, whilst he and his gentlemen
are hunting in the Forest of Dean. Iron Age workers from
the Forest will be here to get away from the horses and
the hounds. Gentlefolk, servants, tradesmen and other
workers will also be here, together with many on leave
with their loved ones as a respite from the Second World
War. Street urchins, school children and evacuees will
be playing in The Prospect, being watched over by their
teachers and nursemaids, as well as the town washerwoman.
in local shops will also be dressing up for the day. Why
not pop into town some time tomorrow and talk to the various
historical characters. They all have a tale to tell. Better
still, why not dress up and join them. They will all be
in the Prospect with the judges from approximately 3.30
pm if you wish to see them all in one place.
help to make Wednesday a very memorable day for the judges,
as well as visitors and friends of Ross. Whilst in town,
why not visit the Charities Market at the Market Place.
Plenty of your favourite charities will be selling goods
to raise funds for themselves. The Quakers will be holding
an exhibition of their Historic Bonnets in the Meeting
House, Brampton Street from 11 am to 4 pm. Take the opportunity
to view an historic building you may not have noticed
was there before. Enjoy the day and take home your own