Good turnout for action-packed Uppingham Feast Day

Dirty Cowboys live on stage. MSMP22062014002AW. Photo by Alan Walters. EMN-140623-124931001

Dirty Cowboys live on stage. MSMP22062014002AW. Photo by Alan Walters. EMN-140623-124931001

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Thousands of people lined the streets of Uppingham this weekend for the return of a popular summer event.

Uppingham Feast Day was held on Sunday and visitors from across the region enjoyed a host of fun including live music, family games and arts and crafts in High Street and the town hall.

Harper Craddock masters the spinning plate. MSMP22062014009AW. Photo by Alan Walters. EMN-140623-125042001

Harper Craddock masters the spinning plate. MSMP22062014009AW. Photo by Alan Walters. EMN-140623-125042001

Committee member and Uppingham deputy mayor Dave Casewell said the feast was “the best in living memory”.

X Factor star Joe Whelan performed to audiences in the evening, while a section of Boney M headlined the afternoon spot.

There was also a falconry display, a Viking re-enactment and circus skills workshop among others.

Children were entertained by Peppa Pig who visited the town, as well as games and activities in the church.

Other highlights included a Punch and Judy show, and a lively performance from Irish band McGoo.

Dave said: “We were absolutely amazed at the sheer number of people there. I cannot remember Uppingham being so full.

“It was all thanks to the generous sponsorship from businesses in the town that we could be ambitious in our planning.

“The weather helped too and the volunteers all pulled together to make it a great event.

“It was the best feast we’ve had in living memory.”

The event is organised the feast committee on behalf of Uppingham Town Partnership. The music is coordinated by Pete Toms.

Sponsors included The Falcon Hotel, Don Paddy’s and The Vaults.