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Photographs shown above © Nigel Sprowell

Every year we support the town by opening Holt Island to visitors during Heritage Open Days. This event also happens in many towns and cities nationwide and we support this initiative by welcoming vistors from many places.

We took part in the nationwide HODS event again last year (2017) and it was very successful with 251 visitors over the weekend. There was a Heritage pictorial display in the Holt including original Harrison baskets on loan from Charlotte Jordan, daughter of Jack Harrison.. The Brake proved to be an interesting tool for visitors to have a go at ‘stripping the willow’.

Sandra Barker gave a basket weaving demonstration on the Saturday allowing visitors to have a go at making a woven fish. She also brought with her a selection of some of the baskets she has made, including an eel trap, and a duck basket which would be placed on a stake in the river for the ducks to nest in!

 

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