June 2014

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As well as being enjoyable for us, more importantly the weekend was a success for Bolling Hall: staff counted in 798 visitors on the Saturday (compared to the c. 200 they would normally expect). Sunday was even busier, since a Yorkshire Day funfair with rides, stalls and refreshments was held on the other side of the Hall and attracted over 2000 visitors; so the grand total for the weekend was more than 3000 people through the doors, and over £600 taken in the shop (a sum largely spent on children's sponge swords and wooden shields, purchases clearly inspired by our combat displays!). The sheer size of the crowd made for some very hard work, but it was extremely rewarding, and we got good coverage in the Bradford Telegraph & Argus. My personal high spot was seeing a pretty young girl beautifully dressed as a princess in pink; and when I pointed her out to Wayne (still armoured up after the combat show), he went down on one knee to her. The smile of amazed delight on her face made my weekend - if only I'd had my camera out! - and hopefully it will be a moment she will treasure, too. Well done, Sir Wayne - and well done to the whole Frei Co crew who worked so hard to make the event so good.