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Bourne Festival 2019 not dampened by the weather




The spirit of the Bourne Festival was not dampened by the weather as thousands of revellers descended on The Wellhead.

The park came alive as festival-goers enjoyed live music, food and drink from Friday through to Sunday.

Despite the weather, thousands still turned up and the 17th edition of the festival made a healthy profit which will go to local charities and good causes.

Thousands of pints were sold and 20 bands enthralled the crowds.

Phil Heslop, media officer for organisers the Bourne and District Round Table, said: “The crowds were a little bit down on previous years but the weather did play a part unfortunately.

“All in all, it was still a good event though.

“Come rain or shine, the people of Bourne still come out and support us which is fantastic.

“I would say the festival this year was an eight out of 10, just because of the weather really.

“We opened on Friday evening and the marquee was heaving with people while it rained outside.

“The Saturday was damp but on Sunday, the sun shone and a lot of families came down and enjoyed ice-creams.

“Last year, we didn’t pay for a headline act on the Sunday but this year we did and it showed in the size of the crowd.

“The Ultra 90s were brilliant and they went all the way through to 10pm.

“It was a fantastic way to wrap up the festival.”

The festival started with a bang on Friday evening as mayor of Bourne, Coun Brenda Johnson opened it along with Ian Collins, chairman of Bourne and District Round Table.

Friday headliners The Great Pretenders wowed the crowds as did Revolver, who headlined on Saturday evening.

All money raised will now be given out to local charities, good causes and individuals who apply to the Bourne and District Round Table.

New for this year, was local primary schools performing on the main stage on Thursday evening.

“We did this because the stage is set up ahead of the festival and thought it would be nice to give children from local schools a chance to perform on it,” said Phil.

“There was something like this a few years ago so we decided to do it again.

“Wehad about 600,700 people there and the schools did a brilliant job.

“There were parents, teachers, family and friends as well as the performers.

“We had one boy do a piano solo who was about seven or eight I think and he was grade four.”

Phil said they were already thinking about next years festival and he wanted to thank everyone who helped out and people for supporting it.

“I think we should thank Ian Collins who is our chairman this year,” he said.

“I would also like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time unpaid to help out and the whole of the Bourne and District Round Table and finally, the people of Bourne for giving their support to the event.”

Phil also thanked the sponsors, Bourne United Charities for letting them use the land and the cubs, scouts brownies and guides for litter picking.



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