Ropewalk Fair hailed a success

Ropewalk Fair hailed a success

Ropewalk Fair hailed a success

First published in News

A BRAND new event celebrating Bridport’s rope-making heritage has been hailed a success.

Hundreds of people turned out to take part in the Ropewalk Fair, which had events and activities running across the weekend.

Emily Hicks, curator of Bridport Museum and organiser of the fair, said: “It was just brilliant. We had young and old taking part in everything from tug-of-war competitions to guided tours of the modern-day industry leaders.”

The main event was held at the Millennium Green on Sunday with plenty of people taking part in mass skipping or trying their hand at maypole dancing.

Emily said: “The tug-of-war competition was a great success. We had young farmers groups, American football players and a special one for the kids.”

The event began as a fundraiser for the Literary and Scientific Institute and redevelopment projects at Bridport Museum as well as a chance for the town to focus on its unique history.

Emily said: “It’s all about bringing the history of net and ropemaking – as well as the current industries – to the forefront of people’s minds.

“It’s almost a hidden thing in the town, but it does still go on and it was great to have some local companies showing what they do. They are still world leaders in the industry.”

Residents got the chance to tour Huck Nets and AmSafe as well as take part in guided walks around the town led by local historian Richard Sims.

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