Hayton celebrates 1918

by | 7 July 2018 | Community Event, Retford

Hayton is a very small village but every now and then the residents have a big outdoor event. In 2018 they will ‘Celebrate 1918’.  They intend to reproduce a garden fête such as the one they have seen in historic photographs in Hayton. Of course, in 1918 the country was suffering from the effects of the war which had started in 1914. Most towns and villages had been fundraising for the war effort and Hayton was no exception.

But Hayton’s fête in 2018 is different — the organisers want to celebrate that incredible year. 1918 — finally the Armistice was signed and the country could return to normal, the birth of the Royal Air Force and at last some women got the vote — so a great deal to celebrate.

‘Celebrate 1918’ will be held on Saturday 21st July and will open at 3.00pm and finish around 5.30pm, with a short concert. It will be held on the Village Playing Field. There will be stalls selling mostly handmade items, displays about the various events in 1918 and local history, children’s games, a bar, and an afternoon tea in the marquee.

Adding to the atmosphere, there will be re-enactors dressed in uniform, suffragettes, the Corps of Drums, a Scottish piper, a music group and Irish dancers. For the children there will be a tray garden competition (make at home and bring) and for all a prize for the most spectacular 1918 style ladies or gents hat (because everyone wore a hat then!). In the arena there will be a short soft-ball cricket match and a traditional Tug of War competition for anyone who joins one of the teams.

Finally, it is hoped that everyone will stay and enjoy a celebration tea and the short concert. The organisers are hoping for a bright sunny day, but there will be plenty of cover provided in case the weather is poor. So please come and join in with Hayton to ‘Celebrate 1918’. Any questions, please call 01777 706623.