Crowds flock to the Mangotsfield village festival to join in the fun

Published on: 30 Jun 2013

THE sun brought record numbers of families to celebrate the 21st Mangotsfield Village Festival.

Crowds of up to 10,000 flocked to Cleve Rugby Club to join in the festivities and have some fun.

The free community event kicked off at the village green outside the Lamb pub where town crier Madeline Bills introduced the winners of the king and queen competition.

A parade led by the 37th Kingswood Scout band followed, winding its way through the village of Mangotsfield towards the rugby club.

The festival featured live music, including headline act Vehicle, DJ Buzzy, dancers, fairground rides, a health roadshow, craft stalls, playbus and hobbies tent.

Proving popular were Chuffy the land train who made his first festival appearance, Bristol Morris Men and a barbecue stall run by Mangotsfield scout group which was such a hit they sold out of hotdogs and burgers!

A firework display lighting up the sky proved a fitting end to a perfect day.

Festival chairman Simon Budd said: “We think we had between 5,000 and 10,000 visitors. We were really lucky with the weather and the whole day was very successful.

“Lots of people stayed for the firework display at the end which was great. 

“It was a good fun event for all the family which is what we plan it to be.”

The village festival committee has agreed to give up to £500 to local groups or charities to support a project or piece of work which will be beneficial to the community.

Next year’s festival takes place on Saturday June 14 with regular monthly planning meetings from November.

The committee welcomes new members to help organise and help out at the 2014 event. 

To find out more visit www.mangotsfieldfestival.co.uk

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