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Music, food and fun at Castle Quarter Summer Festival

Castle Quarter Summer Festival.

Castle Quarter Summer Festival.

Hundreds of people visited the Castle Quarter Summer Festival at the weekend with staffs, music, food and fun activities.

The biggest festival yet saw more than 20 stalls fill a section of Castle Road selling everything from locally made cakes and preserves to locally grown plants and handmade bags.

The Ent Shed was home to Carries Vintage Fair with stalls filled with everything from handmade jewellery to vintage clothing.

The Gordon Arms hosted the live music stage with acts including the 40-strong Opus 18 Choir, The Doghouse Roses, Tom Korni, Samantha Hughes, Hodgkin & Miller, Sax Man and Brillo to name but a few, who rocked the street throughout the day.

Other activities included stilt walking, morris dancing, balloon modelling and face painting.

Organiser Karen Fryc said: “Even the rain did not deter visitors and, as in previous years, the atmosphere was amazing and the street filled with both local residents and visitors alike

“It was a fantastic day with so much going on, even when the rain shower came people just danced under umbrellas in the street. It’s just great that the festival has reached its 3rd year and is becoming a real fixture in the calendar, which is just wonderful.”

Ant McAlpine, who organised the music line-up, added: “We had so many brilliant acts. There are lots of talented local bands and musicians and it was a privilege that so many of them wanted to come and play at the festival.”

Karen added: “The Castle Quarter is home to many independent businesses and the festival has always aimed to promote the Castle Road area within Bedford and beyond.”

 

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