Village heritage set to be revived

THE grand heritage and history of Hunmanby is set to be resurrected.

The village’s past will come to life next Saturday during the Heritage Open celebrations as customs from years gone by are put under the spotlight.

The event will feature tours of Hunmanby’s fine architecture, including Wrangham House, Hunmanby Hall, Low Hall, The Pinfold and All Saints Church.

However, probably one of the main highlights will be the re-enactment of the historical custom of Riding of the Stang.

In the ceremony years ago, an effigy of a man - who has usually treated his wife badly - was fixed to a long pole and carted around the village for three nights.

On the third night a collection was taken as villagers congregated on the village green to watch the effigy go up in flames before retreating to the White Swan to spend their proceeds.

The day, which will mark the restoration of the village’s Market Cross, in Cross Hill, is set to feature an official restoration speech by the mayor of the Scarborough borough, cllr John Blackburn.

There will also be various stalls throughout the day and two youngsters will become Lord and Lady of The Manor for the day.

Dr Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, said: “Heritage Open Days are about people and places, they celebrate community and reflect the importance of the built environment in our lives.

“It is organised by local people who dedicate their spare time to opening properties and staging activities, and it is their knowledge and enthusiasm that makes Heritage Open days happen.”

As well as all of the events planned on the day, the Friends of Filey Bay Initiative are also holding Hunmanby Highlights, with a walk around All Saints Church planned for 1.30pm, to fit in with the rest of the schedule.

l A full itinerary is shown right.