Thou­sands turn out for


ROCHDALE was feel­ing good as thou­sands packed into the town cen­tre for the big­gest party of the sum­mer.

More than 11,000 rev­ellers at­tended the two day Feel Good Fes­ti­val, head­lined by Ra­zorlight on Satur­day night (pic­tured bot­tom of page).

A packed bill in­cluded two days of live mu­sic on the main stage out­side the town hall, while the fes­ti­val food vil­lage saw some of the re­gion’s best street food traders serv­ing up dishes from around the globe.

And there was also a feast of fun for fam­i­lies with street the­atre, a big wheel on The Es­planade, an ex­hi­bi­tion on the his­tory of polic­ing in Rochdale and arts and crafts ac­tiv­i­ties.

A to­tal of 90 dare­dev­ils also ab­seiled down the town hall’s 190-ft stone tower rais­ing thou­sands of pounds for WHAG, an or­gan­i­sa­tion who pro­vides hous­ing and sup­port to vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse.

And Dale boss Keith Hill and play­ers also gave train­ing ses­sions for bud­ding foot­ballers.

Coun Janet Em­s­ley hailed the suc­cess of the fes­ti­val, which was cele- brat­ing its 10th an­niver­sary, say­ing she had ‘never seen the town cen­tre as busy’.

She added: “To cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val’s 10th birth­day we promised some­thing very spe­cial and I think that was what we did. It has been su­perb. The fes­ti­val cer­tainly de­liv­ered the feel good fac­tor with great live mu­sic, amaz­ing food and some re­ally imag­i­na­tive fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment.

“The weather wasn’t kind to us on Fri­day but thank­fully we got lots of sum­mer sun­shine on Satur­day and the crowds came down in their thou­sands. We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate this sup­port and all the won­der­ful feed­back we are re­ceiv­ing, which makes all the time and ef­fort that goes into this fes­ti­val worth­while.

“I have never seen the town cen­tre as busy, Rochdale has a lot to be proud of and over the last decade we have cre­ated a na­tion­ally recog­nised event that is the envy of many towns.”

The fes­ti­val was funded by the coun­cil to­gether with spon­sor­ship from The Fly­ing Horse Ho­tel, Rochdale Foot­ball Club, Metrolink, O2 Rochdale, The Royal Toby, Rochdale Town Cen­tre Man­age­ment and Rochdale Sixth Form Col­lege.

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