19 April 2024

‘Something for everybody’ as town’s historic buildings throw open their doors

by Ray Duffill

There is a full programme of events in Hedon for this year’s Heritage Open Days.

Tony Porter of Hedon Museum, who is the co-ordinator of Head to Hedon for the nationwide scheme, describes a fascinating and fun week taking place from Saturday, September 9, until Sunday, September 17.

He said: “There will be something for everybody during Heritage Open Days organised by Hedon Museum this year.

“Georgian houses, classic ruins and old courtrooms will all be open to the public. There will be bell tower tours and visits to the church rooftop.

“There will be a folk opera recreating farming life in the 1890s with both indoor and outdoor performances.

“Music is catered for with a brass band, a folk and spirituals revival and a barbershop chorus. Local classic lorries and a fairground organ will bring real history to the town centre.”

History walks will also bring the past to life, with St Augustine’s Church being the focal point of the concerts, while Lambert House, the former home of a local fruit and sugar baron, will be open on the final weekend along with historic Ivy House, Hedon Catholic Church and Hedon Town Hall.

Key events include a performance of Cowd Stringy Pie by Hull Community Theatre and the May Geslins at St Augustine’s Church on Saturday, September 9, at 2pm, and tours up St Augustine’s bell tower at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm on Sunday, September 10.

On Wednesday, September 13, at 7pm, the Grandsons and Daughters of the Old Temperance Revival present Hymns, Spirituals and Songs of the Old Campground at St Augustine’s, and on Friday, September 15 at 7.30pm, the church will host a concert by the East Riding of Yorkshire Band.

A full programme of history walks including the Hedon Haven walk, pub walk, and town and church explorer walks, will take place on both weekends.

For more details visit heritageopendays.org.uk or hedonblog.co.uk/whats-on.