Heritage celebrated

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Vintage transport, mediaeval manuscripts and illuminated letter decorating will give the Forest of Bowland an historic flavour next month - all part of the annual Festival Bowland events programme.

Saturday, September 7 will see experts from Lancashire Archives, home to 900 years of the county’s archival heritage, host an open afternoon at Downham Village Hall. Running from 1pm-4pm, the session offers the opportunity to meet some of the people responsible for looking after this treasure trove of information and to explore original archives from the local area. Children will also be able to try illuminated letter decorating during the free event.

On Sunday, September 8 Rosie, a 1946 Leyland Tiger half cab coach will join the programme for the second year running. The classic coach proved popular with event-goers and bystanders alike last year and will again provide a touch of nostalgia as part of the AONB’s Heritage Tour. The full-day excursion will leave from Lancaster, heading out into the beautiful Lune valley and surrounding countryside, stopping off to discover some of Lancashire’s rich heritage along the way. Passengers will get the chance to explore Hornby, including the site of medieval Castle Stede, in the company of archaeologist and historian, Dr Andrew White, who will share his knowledge. Places on the tour cost £17 and need to be booked in advance by calling the Forest of Bowland office on 01200 448000 or emailing sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk