The wards of Peterborough were expected to contribute toward the £100,000 needed for the New Hospital. East ward was £1,711 short of its target and , to bridge the gap, held a three-day 'Olde English Fayre' beginning on this date. The 'Cream of the Gentlewomen of the city' supported and ran over twenty events, all dressed in period costume. Their slogan was 'so buy our things, and see our shows, and bring our labours to a close. Then thanks to us, and thanks to you, the Hospital will have its due.' (Bull, J. and V., Perry, S. and Sturgess, R., Peterborough in Pictures Vol. 3, S.B. Publications, 1990) Taken from The Peterborough Book of Days by Brian Jones, The History Press, 2014.