10th Whit­tle­sey Fes­ti­val nears

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Whit­tle­sey Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary on Sun­day, Septem­ber 10 with more than 8,000 ex­pected to turn up.

The day be­gins at 9.45am with a pa­rade and fin­ishes at 4pm.

One of the high­lights is the dis­play of ap­prox­i­mately 120 vin­tage cars and mo­tor­cy­cles along Market Street and Broad Street, with mod­els rang­ing from the 1920s’ Mor­ris Ox­ford Cabri­o­let, and Austins and Fords from the 30s and 40s.

There is also a rare op­por­tu­nity to see a Gil­bern which has been to­tally re­stored by re­tired rac­ing me­chanic David Ni­chol­son.

David Bur­ton, who or­gan­ises this as­pect of the fes­ti­val, said: “The dis­play is en­joyed by both the public and the ex­hibitors who get im­mense sat­is­fac­tion in show­cas­ing their pride and joy.

“We thank them all for their sup­port and look for­ward to see­ing ev­ery­one in Septem­ber.”

Other en­ter­tain­ment in­cludes a full pro­gramme of music and dance (in­clud­ing Lindy Hop and tra­di­tional Ir­ish dancers) with head­line acts this year in­clud­ing The Rom­ford Drum and Trum­pet Band, Peter­bor­ough High­land Band and the ‘Cock­ney Pride’ Pearly King and Queen.

In ad­di­tion, there are a vast ar­ray of stalls, a craft fair and a Schools Art Ex­hi­bi­tion.

Ac­tiv­i­ties for the fam­ily in­clude rides for the chil­dren some of which are sub­sidised - free face paint­ing and pup­pet shows, in­clud­ing pup­pet work­shops for chil­dren for the first time.

It is tra­di­tional at the fes­ti­val to have a World War II fly­past and this year the crowd will be treated to the Dakota and the Hur­ri­cane grac­ing the skies on the day.

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