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MORE people are needed to open up their doors as part of the popular Fenland Heritage weekend which runs from September 8 to 11.

Many buildings of every age, style and function have their doors open to visitors free of charge. Many of these places are normally closed to the public, while others usually charge for admission.

Heritage Open Days are not just about opening buildings. The programme also includes activities that bring to life the stories and traditions that make places, communities and neighbourhoods so special.

Heritage open days celebrate architectural, historic, cultural or social heritage.

Last year, the special weekend gave new opportunities to explore various buildings in March - St Wendreda’s, St Peter’s, The Ship Inn, museum, library, town hall and included historic walks along West End and the River Nene.

Other new properties in Fenland included All Saints’ Church at Walsoken; Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum; St Leonard’s Church, Leverington; Vivien Fire Engine Trust; Wisbech Grammar School; Chatteris Museum and a historic walk in Chatteris.

People are needed locally to build on this success by welcoming visitors to their property. Also, you wish to publicise an event as part of Heritage Weekend, contact Susanah Farmer at wisbechtc@aol.com or 01945-461333 before April 22.

Visitors were able to find out about events last year through the Heritage Open Days website organised by English Heritage, the Wisbech Heritage Weekend pullout section of the Wisbech Town Matters newsletter, the Fenland Heritage Weekend guide published for Fenland District Council, and in March through The March Society and March Area Regeneration Trust.