Medieval combat, marvellous motors and more as Baldock Festival ends with street fair and car show

PUBLISHED: 15:57 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:56 16 May 2017

Five-year-old Matthew Urcikan enjoys the merry-go-round at the Baldock Street Fair. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

Five-year-old Matthew Urcikan enjoys the merry-go-round at the Baldock Street Fair. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

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From medieval combat to fairground fun and classic cars, there was something for everyone as the 34th Baldock Festival wrapped up this weekend.

A medieval warrior at the Baldock Street Fair. Picture: Karyn Haddon.A medieval warrior at the Baldock Street Fair. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

First, on Saturday, the Baldock Street Fair saw school choirs, fairground riders and Morris dancers entertain the crowds – with the armour-clad warriors of the Medieval Combat Society also going toe-to-toe in the High Street in true 14th-century style.

Then on Sunday, the High Street was taken over by by the biggest-ever Baldock Classic Car Show, which among many others boasted police cars used in The Bill and a Routemaster bus bound for Japan.

Baldock Events Forum manager Richard Sell told the Comet that the weekend had been a fantastic way to bring this year’s two-week festival to a close.

He said: “The weather worked well for the organisers on both days, and it was a great attendance throughout. A great time was had by all – well done to everyone involved in organising the events.

“There were so many highlights, I couldn’t pick just one. The weekend really was a super way to wrap up the whole festival.”

Many visitors dressed in historical costume in keeping with the street fair’s theme of delving into Baldock’s past.

There were also about 50 craft and charity stalls on hand, including the Baldock branch of the Royal British Legion – whose county vice-chairman Paul Middleton said the only issue was that there was so much good food.

He posted on the branch Facebook page: “Excellent day at the street fair, although the weather was a bit overcast at times.

“Plenty of people came along, stopped for a chat and had a go on the raffle. The only complaint was the over-abundance of good food to tempt us!”

The Poppy Appeal made £49 on a chocolate raffle – won by Coral Clark – with another £50 made from donations and poppy lapel badge sales.

The car show on Sunday, the festival’s last day, boasted many interesting vehicles, including classic motorbikes and an extraordinary one-off special built from wood by Peter Kelly.

The prize-winners were:

• Most original car – Peter Vickers, with his Morris Minor Lowlight

• Best daily driver – Gordon Casbeard, with his Citroen 2CV

• Best pre-1950 car – Jane Clark, with her Wolseley Hornet Special

• Best 1951–60 car – Chris Bentley, with his Jaguar E-Type

• Best 1961–70 car – Roger Westcott, with his Fiat 500F

• Best 1971–80 car – Richard Langford, with his Ford Capri Mk II

• Best 1981–90 car – Chris Hucker, with his AC427 Cobra

• Most unique car – Peter Kelly, with his one-off wooden-body special.

The car show organisers say they already have some great ideas for next year.

To find out more see baldockfestival.org.

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