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Nobody parties like the Wick!

Nobody parties like the Wick!
Border Morris at Hampton Wick Festival 2015

The Hampton Wick Festival on Sunday 2nd August was bigger and better than ever. “Sheer wonder!” according to Kayleigh McHugh who was enjoying the event along with her partner Steve.

Actor Sion Tudor Owen as Henry VIII led his Tudor entourage around the village before judging the first ever Intergalactic Kids’ Bike Fest. The Bike Fest winners later joined Henry in a vintage Rolls Royce Silver Ghost in the Grand Parade.

Border Morris teams came from as far away as the Isle of Wight. Moonshine and Black Swan teams combined their traditional ragged dark costumes, masks, make-up and drums to cause quite a stir. “I’ve never seen anything like it” said local resident Nick Baylis.

Hundreds of locals came to watch the Grand Parade and to enjoy the bands and entertainers. Councillor Tony Arbour hailed the day as “A triumph!”

More people than ever joined in the Grand Parade – a jazz band, the Skiff Club, Tamesis Sailing Club, Dragon Drama and Stagecoach children’s drama groups, St John’s Church(), Royal Hampton Wick Cricket Club, plotholders from Royal Paddocks Allotments, Teddington Pram Race(), vintage cars and bikes, plus Tudors, the Border Morris, and the now-famous gorillas.

And then the Hampton Wick Band and Sion Tudor Owen swung into action with a cameo performance by John Altman, showing once more that nobody, but nobody, parties like the Wick.

The Festival is organised by the Hampton Wick Association. Road closures for Prudential RideLondon could have had a detrimental effect on our local businesses. But the Festival made the day a huge success for local pubs and cafes as well as being a great fun community event. The White Hart Hotel said: “It was an amazing day!”

Profits from the raffle, auction and craft fair will be donated to local good causes including St John Ambulance who looked after us so well again on the day.

Click here for photos from the day.

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