‘Tusind tak’ to the organisers, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and everyone who visited the Knutsford Heritage Open Days festival.
That’s the message from Christian Wewer, the Honorary Consul for Denmark, who took part in Canute’s Crossing.
“As a representative of Denmark It was a privilege and a pleasure to have been part of it,” said Christian.
“A colourful and fun celebration of a most significant event for Knutsford one thousand years ago. If Canute were here he would say ‘Tusind tak’ (A thousand thanks in Danish) as he is not, I shall say it for him. Tusind tak!”
The Consul was welcomed by Cllr Olivia Hunter, the Mayor of Cheshire East.
“I thought it was a great day and very entertaining,” said Cllr Hunter.
“It obviously took an awful lot of time and work to organise and was ultimately very successful – I enjoyed it very much, as I am sure did everyone else.”
Canute’s Crossing was just one of the 34 sites and events which formed the Knutsford Heritage Open Days festival organised by Sarah Flannery and Julie Tempest of the Knutsford Promenades Community Association.
“We couldn’t have staged the festival without the support of our amazing business sponsors and a community grant from Cheshire East Council,” said Julie.
One main sponsor was Bruntwood. “We were really proud to be part of Knutsford’s Heritage Open Days and thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to invite members of the public into Booths Hall,” said marketing manager Emma Cartledge.
“It was a great chance for the community to see a part of Knutsford’s heritage that they wouldn’t usually have access to and it’s fantastic to see how well received the overall event was.”
Peter Heywood of the Court House Hotel sponsored the event and opened the former Crown Court building on Toft Road to visitors.
“”We had more than 500 people visit over the four days, many of whom were interested in hearing about our plans for the conversion of the building into a Hotel,” said Peter. “We were very pleased to sponsor an event which brought so many people into the town to discover its wonderful heritage.”
Cheshire East visitor economy manager Richard Milkins said festivals like Heritage Open Days are very important to the local community because they open people’s eyes to what’s on their doorstep.
“From the visitor economy point of view, they bring people in from outside the area who don’t know about Knutsford,” said Richard. “Hopefully they will be visitors who come back time and time again.”
People of all ages, from school children to Age UK Cheshire East, took part in the festival.
“The community engagement was enormous right across the borough” said Sarah. “With our marketing and PR and working with Heritage Open Days nationally, we really put the town on the national and international stage.”