Slideshow: Bourne Festival celebrates its 10th year

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BANDS and beer were on the menu as Bourne Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Crowds gathered on the Wellhead to watch the music today (Saturday) after a successful opening night on Friday.

Lily Cole, five, and Niamh Cole, four, enjoy one of the fun fair rides at Bourne Festival      'Photo: SM020612-220js

Lily Cole, five, and Niamh Cole, four, enjoy one of the fun fair rides at Bourne Festival 'Photo: SM020612-220js

The Band With No Name kicked off the performances in the beer tent as adults sampled the range of real ales and youngsters enjoyed the fairground rides.

The festival is organised by the Bourne and District Round Table, a charitable social group.

Dave Withers, 62, of South Street, was at the festival last night (Friday) and came back again today.

He said: “For a place like Bourne to keep a thing like this going for 10 years is good. It’s nice to see something well supported and hopefully it can keep going for many more years.”

Mr Withers was wearing a union jack t-shirt to get in the jubilee spirit. He added: “I am not overly patriotic but it’s nice that people do support the monarchy.”

Phil Pettit, 44, of Elsea Park, was at the festival with his family. He said: “We try and come every year. We enjoy every aspect of the festival, it’s a good atmosphere.

“We come with the kids and we were here for the opening night. It was packed on Friday, it was a good night. It’s nice to have something like this in Bourne.”

Malcolm Taylor, 63, of Churchill Avenue, was enjoying the music. He said: “I come every year. It’s great, it’s lovely to see something like this going on.

“I like the range of beers and the entertainment. I’m a bass player myself and it’s good to see kids on stage playing. It all goes to a good cause and I hope the Round Table does well.”

A number of sporting groups had activities set up around the festival site. The Peterborough Phantoms ice hockey club had a beat-the-goalie challenge, and polar bear mascot Tom was touring the arena taking photos with children.

Kerry Whittingham, who was helping with the Phantoms stall, said: “We go around to shows and schools with the mascot or with a player. The younger ones often take an interest.

“This is my first time at the festival with the Phantoms, but we have been to the festival before. It’s a fun night out.”

Bourne Town Harriers were also at the festival giving youngsters a range of sports to try out. Club member Lisa Richardson said: “We have some club members and some members of the public taking part. We wanted to give people an experience of athletics.

When someone sees someone else having a go they think ‘I can do that’. You don’t need any special skills to take up athletics.”

Neil Bothwell, former chairman of Bourne and District Round Table, as there on Saturday. He said: “It has been going really well, there were plenty of people down enjoying themselves on Friday night. Everyone liked the music and we were lucky the rain wasn’t too bad.”

The festival has been extended to four days this year for the jubilee bank holiday, and will run until Monday.