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Hundreds brave the rain at Grimsthorpe Festival

Grimsthorpe Festival. Visitors to the Festival in the rain EMN-140825-165854009

Grimsthorpe Festival. Visitors to the Festival in the rain EMN-140825-165854009

It was wet, wet wet, yet fans of rock, folk and blues bands, runners and families refused to be beaten by the weather and braved it to Grimsthorpe Castle for the annual festival.

Event organiser Daniel Sumpton said he was really pleased that people were not put off by the “liquid sunshine”.

It was the fourth year of the Grimsthorpe Festival, which is held in the grounds of the castle.

Mr Sumpton, who had doubled parking spaces and hired people to monitor traffic to ensure visitors did not have to wait in queues as they did last year, said a second Woodland Stage where a number of new acts performed had been particularly popular.

He said: “The weather was very wet. Despite it people turned out.

“There were plenty of marquees so visitors were able to take shelter.

“On the whole it was successful despite the rain. It was really nice to see people make the effort.

“The music was amazing. The woodland stage that we introduced this year was very successful. We had some great bands.”

The Woodland Stage, in Boo Street, nestling in the trees had bands performing folk and blues music for the first time.

In addition to music fans runners from around the country had also flocked to the festival to take part in the 10km run with a healthy turnout also for the 3km family fund run.

More than 280 competitors, including 25 Bourne Town Harriers, took part in the two races. Roy James, one of the Harriers said: “A blustery wet Bank Holiday Monday and the thought of a tough race did not dampen the spirit of the competitors in this long established event organised by the club.”

The classic car and motorcycle show and horse riding displays too went ahead as planned, providing festival goers with plenty to do and see.

Mr Sumpton said most people who come to the festival are aware of how changeable the weather can be.

“We all had our wellies and umbrellas. Seasoned festival-goers knew to come prepared and had a good time.

“I’d like to say a ‘big thank you’ to everyone who ventured out despite the weather. It was really, really touching to see so many people brave the weather. I’m very grateful.”

The festival also raised money for Help for Heroes, St John Ambulance and the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.

 

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