Village marks 750th anniversary with day of celebration

The village of Mapperley celebrated the 750th anniversary of its royal charter with an afternoon of festivities on Bank Holiday Monday.

Hundreds of people defied grey skies to pack out the streets and watch performances by village school-children, local musicians and even fire eaters.

Pupils from the Mapperley Primary School show off their maypole dancing.

Pupils from the Mapperley Primary School show off their maypole dancing.

Elaine Sarson, who was part of the organising committee, said: “It went marvellously well. It was wonderful to see the whole community come together in recognition of their shared history.

Elaine sowed the seeds for the event a few months earlier while working on a website detailing the village’s past at www.mapperleyhistory.com.

She said: “I realised it had been 50 years since we celebrated the 700th anniversary.

“My parents had organised something then, and I took part in it as a little girl.”

Marie and Tilly Carter came in historic dress for the anniversary event.

Marie and Tilly Carter came in historic dress for the anniversary event.

Holy Trinity Church leaders, the school and the landlord of The Old Black Horse were quick to get on board.

The event raised £600 for the church’s new heating system, and more than £900 for Mapperley School’s parent-teacher association.

Elaine said: “Thank you to everyone who came along, supported us and left happy.”

Issy Raisin-Moss gives Kris Katchit a high-five.

Issy Raisin-Moss gives Kris Katchit a high-five.

Rory Paylor, six, met Pierre the rabbit at the petting tent.

Rory Paylor, six, met Pierre the rabbit at the petting tent.

The whole community enjoyed an afternoon of cream teas and music.

The whole community enjoyed an afternoon of cream teas and music.