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Celebrations at the Gatherums in Louth

Well dressing at the grand opening of the Horse Steps on Sunday July 13. EMN-140714-110206001

Well dressing at the grand opening of the Horse Steps on Sunday July 13. EMN-140714-110206001

Once known locally as a place to be avoided, the Gatherums and Springside Park welcomed a throng of visitors on Sunday July 13, celebrating the grand opening of Aswell Hole and Horse Steps.

A fantastic free family day of activities was laid on in celebration of the area’s history, with pony rides provided by Brook House Riding Stables, and hobby-horse making for young ones. The tradition of Well Dressing was resurrected after two centuries, with many children spending hours helping out.

A traditional Rag Tree was also created, with people fully entering into the spirit of dipping rags into water from the Aswell Spring as a healing activity.

Dr David Stocker, representing the Heritage Lottery Fund, which is one of the key funders of the Gatherums project, said: “I go to many events but this is one of the most inspirational and real grassroots projects that I have attended.”

Janet Hawson, a founder member of the Gatherums and Springside Regeneration Group, which has achieved their goal of completing the improvement to this special place after 13 years of hard work, agreed.

She said: “It’s a dream come true.

“The Gatherums is now a place that we would be proud to show our town visitors.

“A local place, steeped in history, that everyone can enjoy.”

In addition to the Heritage Lottery Fund, the regeneration of Aswell Hole and the Horse Steps was made possible by the generous support of East Lindsey District Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Louth Town Council
and many other organisations and people in Louth.

 

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