When: Saturday, 9 February, 2019 - 11:00 to 17:00
Don’t miss the Church Street Valentine Fayre! (09 February 11am until 5pm) There will be stalls with all kinds of gifts, flowers, cakes, chocolates, street food, live music & other entertainment. If you are looking for something special for your loved one, you will be sure to find it at this fair. It will be a great fun event, so come and browse the many innovative & attractive stalls in the iconic Church Street of Twickenham.
Church street will be pedestrianised and it is free entry.
Organised by the Twickenham Town Business and Church Street Association.
There are a few theories about the origin of valentines. One of the most popular stories is the one based in the time of the Roman Empire, when there was a cruel emperor called Claudius. He made it illegal for couples to marry because he needed single soldiers to sign up to his army, and he thought that they would make better soldiers if the men were single as they wouldn’t worry about the fate of their wives and children if they were to die in battle. But Christianity also existed at this time and there was a Christian Priest called Valentine who married couples in secret. He was caught and sentenced to death for his disobedience. In prison he befriended his jailer’s blind daughter who the jailer asked the priest to teach. A miracle happened to the girl and whilst having lessons from Valentine, her sight was restored. His death sentence was the 14th of February and he left a message to the girl signed “from your Valentine” After his death Valentine was canonised and became a saint and the day was forever associated with love & friendship, the giving of gifts, cards, letters and flowers”