Me­dieval fest draws im­pres­sive crowds

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of lords and ladies from across the land gath­ered at Kens­ing­ton Park for the Der­went Val­ley Me­dieval Fes­ti­val on Sun­day.

Crowds were drawn to fight­ing and joust­ing demon­stra­tions that were a high­light.

Event or­gan­iser Ma­ree Rieper said the sec­ond an­nual event at­tracted a record crowd of 5000-8000 peo­ple on the Satur­day and 2000-3000 on the Sun­day, up from about 2000 last year.

“It went re­ally well and it was a lovely bright day with a re­ally good con­stant crowd through Satur­day,” she said.

“It wasn’t too bad Sun­day ex­cept the wind made the market have to close early be­cause the mar­quees and gaze­bos were in jeop­ardy.”

Mrs Rieper was happy with the at­mos­phere of the event.

“It was re­ally re­laxed and friendly with a lot of fam­i­lies this year,” she said.

“There were a lot of crowds around [the demon­stra­tions] and they were very in­ter­ac­tive.”

Mrs Rieper said although the event was a suc­cess, the com­mit­tee would dis­cuss re­vert­ing to a sin­gle day for­mat next year.

“It’s a lot of work so we don’t want to stretch the vol­un­teers too thinly,” she said.

“We also want to make sure that peo­ple aren’t dis­ap­pointed be­cause some­thing is on one day and not on the other.”

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