Show of support for Riverside Festival on Stamford’s Meadows

Protest against Stamford Town Council over the Riverside Festival on Stamford Meadows. 'Photo: SM020711-041ow
Protest against Stamford Town Council over the Riverside Festival on Stamford Meadows. 'Photo: SM020711-041ow

A BAND gave an impromptu performance on The Meadows in Stamford on Saturday following an internet campaign calling on people to support the cancelled Riverside Festival.

March To The Grave, who perform in the Stamford area, played a 40-minute set to hundreds of people.

Police say there were informed a “protest” could happen and sent officers to The Meadows. There were no reports of any problems.

The Riverside Association of Music and Arts pulled the plug on this year’s event after a row with Stamford Town Council, which runs The Meadows. Saturday’s event had nothing to do with the Riverside Association,

A number of pages on the social networking site Facebook called for people to attend on Saturday to show their support for Riverside.

March To The Grave singer Andy Goodacre, of Sewstern near Colsterworth, said between 500 and 600 people were on The Meadows, but he could not be sure how many were there to show their support.

He added: “We wanted to make a stand and a statement just to let the council know that people are bothered about this. It is a big issue.”

Sector inspector Gary Stewart said: “We were aware that a protest was planned and did have police officers attending to make sure that it was all lawful and everyone was acting lawfully.

“I would like to thank people for that.”

Police received reports of a fight in Sheep Market on Saturday evening but there was no-one there when they arrived.

Riverside Association of Music and Arts is looking at other venues for next year’s event.