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Celebrations will mark twenty years of independence

Date Published: 22 February 2017
Crowds fill the grounds of the historic Oakham Castle

Preparations are underway for a fantastic day of celebrations to mark two decades of independence for Rutland.

Saturday 1st April 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Rutland regaining its status as an independent county and the formation of Rutland County Council as a unitary authority. Rutland was a district of Leicestershire from 1974 until 1997, regaining its independent status only after a long-running campaign by local councillors, residents and communities.  

Oakham Castle will host a special ceremony on 1st April in recognition of this historic occasion, followed by a day-long celebration of Rutland’s history and culture.

“Anyone who can remember the campaign to regain independence will know just how difficult it was and how hard local people fought for the change. That was 20 years ago and as well as being a significant milestone this anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to pause, look back and celebrate everything that’s great about living in Rutland.”
Councillor Kenneth Bool, Chairman of Rutland County Council

Rutland’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations will begin with a children’s fun run at Rutland Showground, raising money for local charity For Rutland, who provide non-medical support to help people living with a long-term condition in Rutland and the surrounding community. A short civic ceremony will then take place at Oakham Castle, followed by music, entertainment, displays, exhibitions at both the Castle and Victoria Hall and much more.

There will food and drink, including a special 20th Anniversary beer produced by The Grainstore Brewery in Oakham. In the evening, Rutland Choral Society will hold a special celebratory concert at All Saints Church, after which celebrations will be brought to an end with a beacon lighting and free family fireworks display.

“There’s going to be lots taking place in and around Oakham throughout the day with something for everyone. We also want to encourage others to hold their own celebrations out in the community and make this a truly special occasion for Rutland.”
Councillor Kenneth Bool

Further details about Rutland’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations, including timings for events, will be confirmed shortly.

Anyone wanting to take part in the For Rutland charity fun run can find out more about how to register by visiting the For Rutland website.

Share what you love about living in Rutland by submitting a short video for Rutland’s 20th anniversary film exhibition. Find out more by visiting the Oakham Castle website.

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