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Hampton Wick Festival 2013

Hampton Wick Festival 2013
Video still by Alan Benns

I am sure that everyone who attended this event on Sunday 4 August 2013 will agree that it was the most fantastic success.

We had vintage cars and other vehicles, circus performers, people (including me) dressed up as Tudors, our local councillors in their robes, representatives from our local churches and charities and, unforgettably, a pair of gorillas on a motorbike and sidecar. There was a craft fair at the Swan and a number of community organisations set up stalls in Christmas Square. Throughout the day there was food, music and other entertainment at our local pubs – the Old Kings Head, the Foresters, The White Hart and the Swan. The church bells rang out and there were even some dramatic explosions to start off the parade.

The inspiration for the event was the closure of roads as a result of the Prudential RideLondon cycle race, a spectacle in its own right. The Council was keen for local communities to hold such events in part to help businesses make up for potential lost trade – and the Wick was almost as busy as it was for the Olympics. Judging by the press coverage, ours appears to have been the best event in the borough.

We were lucky enough to have local cameraman Alan Benns with us on the day. Click here to see his fantastic video of the day.

Some stills from the video are here.

So I’d like to thank everyone who made the day go with a swing – whether you took part in the parade, contributed in some other way, were involved in the organisation, helped out on the day or just supported us by being there: we couldn’t have done it without you!

It’s already been confirmed that cycle race will be run against next year: the date for the diary is Sunday 10 August 2014. We’re looking forward to building on our success!

Mark Merrington, Chair

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