Saturday 19 August 2023 marked a day of community spirit as Ashton Square Day unfolded in all its glory. The FREE event organised by Dunstable Town Council’s Town Centre Manager, brought together local businesses and visitors alike to revel in a day filled with entertainment, craft and food stalls and activities that highlighted the rich tapestry of Ashton Square.
The Square came alive with stalls, a chill-out area with deck chairs and a main stage, where attendees were treated to a variety of entertainment that showcased local talent. Dunstable Rep – Little Theatre performed extracts of scenes they are currently working on. Emily from the Barn-Ettes sang a range of songs through the decades. The Salvation Army played a repertoire of brass band music. Rayners School of Dancing performed dance routines, Danny Maguire sang his own music, FizzyLizzy – Richard Browne played his electric guitar to rock anthems and Love 50s played their own instruments and sang 1950s songs, which really had The Square rocking.
The day also had Dunstable Hight Street Action Zone (HSHAZ) activities including, Roman school, storytelling, food history and a history alive trail where attendees had to find living statues around the town. The Dunstable Cultural Consortium stall invited attendees to take part in building a clay model of the historical Priory Church.
Ashton Square Day in conjunction with Middle Row Markets, where local artisans and unique craft stalls lined Middle Row showcasing their one-of-a-kind gifts and tasty delights.
Cllr Liz Jones, Town Mayor of Dunstable said, “Ashton Square Day was a great success with so many local organisations, traders and groups coming together on The Square. Collaborative working is critical to the success of the town, and Annette Clynes, our Town Centre Manager, continues to build on the excellent relationships she has built. Everyone whom I spoke to said how much the day had been one of great opportunity and fun”.
Ashton Square Day was made possible through the dedicated efforts of local community groups, numerous vendors, Event Production Live, Dunstable Town Market Team and the local performers, Cultural Consortium and HSHAZ funding. The event is a unique opportunity for the community to forge stronger bonds, celebrate their shared identity, and create lasting memories.