Record turnout for open weekend at Northampton’s Delapre Abbey

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Sunny skies and visits by some of Northampton’s heritage buses saw a record turnout for the second of Delapre Abbey’s Open Weekends.

Organised by the Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust as part of the £6.3 million restoration project, the open days are an opportunity for the public to visit the usually closed site and find out about the progress of the works at the historic Abbey.

More than 550 people took part in a short tour of the Abbey during the two days – a chance to see the fantastic restoration work being undertaken by the many skilled craftsmen working on the site including the newly revealed cleaned and restored stone wall and wooden windows.

As well as tours of the restoration, visitors could also enjoy demonstrations and displays by the main contractors, Robert Woodhead Ltd, and the other craftsmen working onsite including the chance to try their hand at stone masonry.

The Friends of Delapre Abbey joined the trust on site offering the chance to purchase books, postcards and other souvenir items with all funds raised going towards the restoration.

Community engagement officer, Vikki Pearson, said: “We had an extremely busy two days. It was wonderful to welcome so many people to the Abbey and to show off all the fantastic work going on as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded restoration.

“Our thanks must go to the main contractors Robert Woodhead Ltd for their support as well as all the other contractors and volunteers who gave their time to meet with the public and make the weekend such a success! We can’t wait to start planning the next one.”