Fun-filled fete proves suc­cess

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEIGHBOURHOODNEWS - By NICK REINIS

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of an ac­tion packed fun-filled sum­mer fes­ti­val have hailed their event a suc­cess.

The an­nual two-day Fes­ti­val on the Green was blessed with sun­shine when it took place last week­end in Bo­tolph Green, Or­ton Longueville, for the fourth suc­ces­sive year.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple packed onto the green for a host of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing live mu­sic per­for­mances, stalls and chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment.

It also fea­tured a show­ing of Eng­land’s first match of the World Cup, with the fix­ture against USA beamed live onto a big screen in a mar­quee for 250 peo­ple to watch.

John Shar­man, fes­ti­val com­mit­tee chair­man, said: “We were blessed with sun on the Satur­day and it was re­ally lovely.

“We filled the green with stalls, so many that they over­flowed in some ar­eas. It was an ex­cel­lent af­ter­noon of en­ter­tain­ment.

“Then we had the foot­ball in the evening and there was just over 250 peo­ple here to watch it. “

The screen­ing was fol­lowed by a dance.

On day two of the event, the city coun­cil’s youth ser­vice came in and ran a fun ac­tiv­ity pro­gramme for eight to 13 year olds.

Mr Shar­man said: “There was only a few shots of rain so we were very pleased.

“It was the best one yet be­cause the weather was great and we im­proved a few things from last year, so the com­mit­tee are very pleased.”

The fes­ti­val was funded by the Fes­ti­val on the Green com­mit­tee and £3,000 from the com­mu­nity lead­er­ship funds of Or­ton Longueville and Or­ton with Hampton.

Mr Shar­man added: “We thought it was a re­ally good way to spend the coun­cil­lors’ money for the com­mu­nity. With­out that money we would be strug­gling. The foot­ball was re­ally ex­pen­sive to do, so we are not sure if we will break even.”

Plans are now al­ready afoot for next year’s event to make it just as suc­cess­ful.

“We will be hav­ing a meet­ing soon to see how we can im­prove on this year, be­cause you can al­ways im­prove.”

fuN dAy: James Ven­ters (10) tries ap­ple bob­bing at the Fes­ti­val on the Green. (METP-12-06-10AS017)

STAGE: Ni­cole Lawrence sings at the fes­ti­val. (METP-12-06-10AS023)

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