Saturday, 20 September 2008

Pat is 60 Day 2

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).

P8080017 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 Town Cryer and Walk Convenor

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

Prince Ropork Bath

Above is "Prince Ropork" pig.

Music in The Circus Bath

There was also some regency music played to keep us entertained

A highlight was walking around the Crescent,


The Admiral and his Vice

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.

A dual over stolen money Bath

We also witnessed a Dual over some stolen money - luckily no one was hurt.

Theatre Royal Bath

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.

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