Review of 2013: June

Market Rasen Young Farmers' float
Market Rasen Young Farmers' float

The grand finale of the 2013 Wolds Walking Festival was held in Market Rasen.

The event, hosted by the local Walkers are Welcome group, saw about 300 walking enthusiasts descend on the town.

There were five walks of varying lengths on offer, as well as a self-guided town trail.

Sixth form students at Caistor Grammar School set aside their studies and donned their finest outfits for the annual leavers’ prom.

The boys looked smart in tuxedos and girls elegant in long flowing dresses. The memorable event was held at Caenby Corner’s White Heather, where the teenagers enjoyed a meal and danced the night away.

June was a significant month for Market Rasen and Caistor’s MP, who was knighted for public and political service. Sir Edward Leigh, who has been a Member of Parliament for 30 years, was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Just hours before the big announcement, the Mail caught up with Sir Edward at Tealby Primary School where he officially opened a new outdoor area. In an inspiring talk, he told pupils: “You can be whatever you want to be, if you want to go into politics you can.”

After almost 70 years of waiting, Middle Rasen’s Colin Walford was awarded a medal for his Royal Navy service during the tough Arctic Convoys of the Second World War.

It was a hugely momentous day for the former sailor as the decision to award the belated medal was only made at the end of last year by prime minister David Cameron after a long-running campaign by survivors, and a review of medals by Whitehall.

It is though only 200 to 400 servicemen survived to get their medal.

Bumper crowds flocked to open garden events around the area. In Caistor 16 gardens were open to the public and there was a record-breaking attendance.

An added attraction of movie and cartoon themed scarecrows encouraged families to attend - and visitors raised an impressive £600 for the British Red Cross.

The weather was scorching and thousands of local residents, businesses and farmers flocked to the Lincolnshire Show. This year’s event was hailed as one of the best ever - highlights included a Royal visit from the Countess of Wessex, a Dakota and Red Arrows fly past and and a birds of prey flying display.