Gallery: Bands beat the weather at Bourne Festival

Bourne Festival 2014. the Cutting Loose band EMN-140531-225115009
Bourne Festival 2014. the Cutting Loose band EMN-140531-225115009
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Hundreds of people enjoyed a weekend of beer and bands at the 12th annual Bourne Festival.

Volunteers from Bourne Round Table worked hard last week to make sure the event went ahead despite heavy rain. And they were rewarded with a good turnout and the occasional glimpse of the sun.

Stamford and Bourne MP Nick Boles even turned up on the Friday night to enjoy a pint or two.

Round Table member Ian Collins said the event had raised a lot of money, which would go to causes around the town.

He added: “We had really nice weather on Saturday and were absolutely packed. There were rumours at the beginning of the week that we were going to cancel because of the rain but we showed them otherwise.

“Everyone enjoyed the bands. We had the League of Mentalmen on the Saturday which is always a favourite, and it was a great lineup again.”

Visitors clearly enjoyed the range of real ales and cider on offer, leaving just 89 pints left from a starting point of 100 barrels. There was plenty of action in the arena, with demonstrations and activities for youngsters. And charities, schools and clubs were able to promote their work. This included the newly-formed Bourne2Play group, which is raising money for new play equipment on the Wellhead.

Ian added: “The festival creates a bit of awareness of their work. And they are able to do a bit of fundraising off their own back as well.

“I’d like to say thank you to everyone who came along. Without them we can’t achieve what we want to each year. We might do some hard work but it’s those guys turning up that make it worthwhile.”

Pick up Friday’s paper for photos from the weekend.