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'Skip' To Bridport's Rope Heritage Celebrations


8:13am 10th May 2014
(Updated 9:55am 15th May 2014)

The first ever event celebrating Bridport's rope and net industry is launching this weekend, and it's looking to be something you won't want to 'skip'!

The Ropewalk Fair, supported by Wessex FM, is hoping to provide an insight into the local trade.

The town has a strong reputation for it's rope and net trade, producing products for Wembley, Wimbledon and even to star in a James Bond film!

Emily Hicks who's Curator at Bridport Museum is helping organise the event.  She told us why she feels it's so important to hold the Ropewalk Fair, "Part of the reason we're putting on this fair is to let people know about the industry, because the feeling is people have a rough idea, but don't know what's going on. It's a bit like seeing Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory in the town and not knowing what goes on behind the scenes! We feel like this could be a really fun way to show people."

This trade has been an important part of Bridport for around 800 years, and Emily believes this is why the town has such a good reputation, "If you're making safety nets or military nets, they've absolutely got to be 100% secure, and Bridport nets are trusted across the world."

Events include a tour inside two of Bridport's netting factories, guided tours of the town and a family fair.

The family fair, held on Sunday, will feature maypole dancing and tug of war, as well as local music and food for visitors to enjoy.

Organisers are also encouraging visitors to bring their skipping ropes and help break a world record.

More info can be found here:http://www.ropewalkfair.co.uk

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