Today is the day for the Grand Promenade around Bath dressed in regency costumes. Here we see the Admiral and his lady in the grounds of the Kennard Hotel. For once, getting dressed took the Admiral longer than it took his lady. Tights – Shirt – Cravat – Breeches – Waistcoat – Shoes – Jacket – Hat. There were no zips, just buttons and more importantly (and an problem), no pockets at all. So money had to be stored in the Admiral's hat band and the camera was stored somewhere quite unusual (you may notice the well endowed bulge).
We walked into town with three Americans who were similarly attired in Regency dress and all of us immediately became the centre of attention from the numerous tourists. We soon lost count of the number of times we had to stop to have our photograph taken.
The general assembly point for the procession was in front of the Roman Baths and was led by the Town Cryer.
There were about 200 people assembled there in dress and lots of tourists taking photographs.
We paused in The Circus for a rest before continuing
Above is "Prince Ropork" pig.
There was also some regency music played to keep us entertained
A highlight was walking around the Crescent,
The above picture apparently appeared in the local press entitled "The Admiral and his Vice".
After the Promenade, we all went to Queens Square where
there was a Regency Fair,
and a couple of soldiers recruiting for the Peninsula War.
We also witnessed a Dual over some stolen money - luckily no one was hurt.
That night we went to the Theatre Royal to see The Circle, by Somerset Maugham with Susan Hampshire (hiding 71 years) in the leading role. A really nice theatre kept in great condition.