East Reading Festival: Congratulations!

This afternoon I spent a very enjoyable and, thankfully, dry few hours at the first community-run East Reading Festival on Palmer Park. A big round of applause should go to the organisers, led by Colm Daly and Cathy Marsden who I got to know well through the Jollydarity campaign to reopen the Jolly Anglers in 2009-10. They made sure that an event that was under threat was actually the best ever, and will go from strength to strength.

When the Council ran the festival and I attended a couple of times, it felt as if it lacked a certain creativity. This year it was very well supported by local musicians, there were lots of great stalls, lots of good food, local organisations raising money and profile; and most importantly, it was very well attended by all sorts of people from all backgrounds.

Just like a good community festival should be, in fact. Well done to Colm, Cathy and everyone who helped out.

2 Responses to East Reading Festival: Congratulations!

  1. Colm Daly June 19, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Thanks Gareth. If it weren’t for the fantastic turnout and community supporters like yourself it would not have been the same. Yes we pulled it off, but we had great support from friends and volunteers too.

  2. Gareth Epps June 19, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    It wouldn’t have happened but for you! And that’s the key thing.

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