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.