Avon Valley Gazette - - RESIDENTIAL - Tanya Mac­Naughton

LAST year’s Bri­tish Auto Clas­sic at El Ca­ballo Re­sort in Woorooloo was such a suc­cess, or­gan­is­ers re­alised there was a mar­ket for a big­ger and bet­ter event to cel­e­brate all things Bri­tish.

BRITfest 2017 is at Clare­mont Show­ground from 10am5pm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29, with po­ten­tial to be­come an an­nual event.

Head or­gan­iser Charlie Smart, of Chid­low, has missed the green grass and his­tory of Wales since he moved to Aus­tralia in 2003.

“Our mis­sion was to cre­ate a true fes­ti­val at­mos­phere with a va­ri­ety of at­trac­tions all aimed at cel­e­brat­ing the Bri­tish cul­ture,” Smart said.

“Last year’s Bri­tish Auto Clas­sic was such a suc­cess with al­most 5000 peo­ple at­tend­ing, so we re­alised there was a great ap­petite for all things Bri­tish, es­pe­cially here in WA. The de­ci­sion was made to move it closer to the CBD so as to at­tract more peo­ple.”

The event will fea­ture the best of Bri­tish food, entertainment, com­mu­nity groups, mar­ket stalls, chil­dren’s rides, clas­sic and mod­ern Bri­tish cars.

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity in­cludes all­day paid park­ing via Gate 8 and the train will stop on the Fre­man­tle Line at Show­ground sta­tion.

Mr Smart said part pro­ceeds from the day would be do­nated to rid­ing for the dis­abled.

“El Ca­ballo Re­sort, who or­gan­ised last year’s event, has been a long- time part­ner of this char­ity,” he said. “It is a vol­un­tary, non- profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, which pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for any­one with a dis­abil­ity to en­joy safe, healthy, stim­u­lat­ing, ther­a­peu­tic, horse- re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Mr Smart said he hoped event- go­ers would learn some­thing new about Bri­tish cul­ture but more im­por­tantly, have an amaz­ing time.

When asked what he was most look­ing for­ward to on the day, there was no he­si­ta­tion.

“York­shire pudding,” he said.

More www. british­fest. com. au. at

BRITfest 2017 is at Clare­mont Show­ground on Oc­to­ber 29.

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