Hickling villagers in historic celebrations

A speech made by one of the ancestors of former Michigan state governor, and ex-resident of Hickling, Fred Maltby Warner at a special celebration event in the village EMN-150724-102625001

A speech made by one of the ancestors of former Michigan state governor, and ex-resident of Hickling, Fred Maltby Warner at a special celebration event in the village EMN-150724-102625001

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Villagers at Hickling celebrated the rich history of their settlement with two special community events.

A time capsule containing artefacts relating to life in the village were buried by members of the women’s institute to mark the local branch’s centenary.

And a reception was hold to commemorate what would have been the 150th birthday of Fred Maltby Warner, who was born in Hickling before moving to the United States where he became the first foreign-born governor of the state of Michigan.

Ancestors of Mr Warner attended the event along with dignataries including some from the US.

Three young relatives of his cut a celebratory cake and guests enjoyed a specially-baked pork pie.

Maggy Jordan, one of the organisers, said: “By coincidence, the city council at Farmington, where Fred lived, met on the 150th anniversary of his birth, the same day we held our celebrations.

“They voted unanimously to enter into formal ‘Friendship’ status with Hickling.

“We felt it was appropriate to have a Melton Mowbray pork pie specially made for the event with Farmington and Hickling on the top.”