There was lots going on in Oakham on Bank Holiday Monday (29th May 2017) with the Hue and Cry event being one of the most popular.
As well as the Hue and Cry other events on the day included a Living History Day at the 15th century Oakham Castle where visitors could see various displays by fletchers, a stone mason, medieval games, archery they could be trained to be a knight. There was also a Knight Tournament to enjoy
In Church Street, there was a couple of fairground rides for the young children to enjoy and in the High Street a stand was manned by the First Military Working Dogs from their base at North Luffenham
The Market Square had a couple of stalls including the Oakham All Saints Scout Group stand selling coffees and cake. They also held a competition to guess the weight of the cake.
Up by the Old Post Office the Westerby Bassett Hounds kept the visitors entertained, while in the other corner of the square the Rutland Morris Men put on a display of dancing.
At exactly 1.30pm a call from the High Sheriff of Rutland, Craig Mitchell, to the Good People of the County to raise a Hue and Cry in Oakham High Street on Bank went out. Starting at one end of the High Street, where a suitably dressed villain set off, the High Sheriff immediately shouted ‘Raise the Hue and Cry!’ The participants then set off in pursuit of the villain who had a large red handkerchief tucked into the back of his trousers. and whoever first retrieved the handkerchief was deemed the winner.
Prizes were handed out by the High Sheriff to all of the participants.
First responders and Police volunteers were in evidence throughout the events of the day to make sure everything ran smoothly and that everyone went away happy