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.