It’s time for history to come alive again!

Leighton Buzzard Market Day in years gone by
Leighton Buzzard Market Day in years gone by

Leighton’s annual Living Histor event returns next week and this year includes the chance to hop on board a mobile cinema.

Living History translates to “in our lifetime” and Leighton-Linslade Town Council will be working in partnership with local historical groups and individuals to celebrate the town’s trading “buzz” and the changing face of the High Street.

Inside the mobile cinema

Inside the mobile cinema

With the focus on the town’s historical trading status, this year’s Living History Event takes place during the October school half-term week with specific activities taking place between 11am to 4pm on Thursday 29, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October, all within the town centre.

Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical Society will present displays and exhibits that will be available for public viewing at the town council offices in The White House.

Go along and see the story behind the town’s trade, pubs and market and on Saturday only, visitors can bring along their memorabilia and find out fascinating facts about its history.

Spend some time walking a Historical Trading Trail around the town centre and take in the history of buildings and traders that existed in the past.

The mobile cinema

The mobile cinema

Step on board the visiting mobile cinema, a classic and unique vehicle which will be located in the High Street for the three days.

The cinema will not only be a big attraction but will bring a little nostalgia to the town by offering free showings of local historical film. Why not drop in, who knows, you may spot yourself on film!

Activities for Thursday include a guided circular walk around the industrial areas of the town organised by Leighton-Linslade P3 Group.

The walk leaves Tiddenfoot Waterside car park at 10am. For those who don’t fancy the great outdoors, why not pop along to the TACTIC Centre in Hockliffe Street and try your hand at felt making?

Drop-in sessions will be running throughout the day and for a small charge you can create our own woollen memento.

Visitors to the town on Saturday will have the opportunity to learn about the legacy of the local sand quarries through the Greensand Trust projects, Sands of Time Trail, The Sandpit Project and The Virtual Sand Museum.

Why not spend a little time creating your own memento using coloured sand? There will be a small charge for this activity. Stop for a while and watch traditional basket making demonstrations by local basket maker Paul Weir, using skills that date back to the late 1700’s.

For the history buffs, the town council will be setting up a small working group to determine a permanent legacy feature of the town’s trading heritage.

If you would like to be involved with this project or would like further information about the event, contact the town council on 01525 631920; email info@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk or check out the website www.leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk