IN PICTURES - 28,000 attend four-day Droitwich SaltFest extravaganza - The Droitwich Standard

IN PICTURES - 28,000 attend four-day Droitwich SaltFest extravaganza

Droitwich Editorial 7th Sep, 2023   0

MORE THAN 28,000 people descended on Droitwich SaltFest when the four-day extravaganza took place in Vines Park over the weekend.

The first ever Midlands Comedy Club Night took kicked things off on Thursday before a variety of other events took place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Rivers and Canal Trust offered water safety education and there were rides on the canal on Droitwich’s community narrowboat ‘The Pamela May 2’.

On their guard. Picture by Marcus Mingins 3623007MMR6

Visitors were taken back in time, learning about the town’s salt-making history and Roman re-enactors set up a village in the park, showcasing crafts and past time activities from the era.

The Outdoor Shopping Village boasted a variety of stalls and the new Food Hall, presented by Droitwich Diners Club.

On Sunday the Saltfest Town Sports Academy, formed with Physique Fitness, was launched and staged this year’s 5km canal fun run with Droitwich AC to raise funds to sponsor local sports clubs and individuals.

Louie (ten) gets ready to fight. Picture by Marcus Mingins 362306MMR8

Over the weekend the Fitness Village and Wellness Centre will host all types of activities over two days and the wrestling match at 4pm on Saturday is sure to be a family highlight.

Droitwich Bowling Club, which celebrates its centenary this year, held a special open day on Saturday and there was a breathtaking parachute jump over King George Playing Fields on Sunday, expertly carried out from the helicopter by The Royal Navy Parachute Team.

Picture by Coun Richard Morris. s

The extravaganza concluded with a free summer party night in Vines Park which saw the church bell tower illuminated with lasers and the festival culminate in an impressive firework display which lit up the night sky.

Organiser Simon Berry, from the Gardeners Arms, said: “We had some great feedback and lots more people who came from further afield – they said they liked how professional it was and everything from the stalls to the live entertainment.

James Rhodes in fine voice. Picture by Marcus Mingins 3623007MMR9

“Because of its popularity, we have held a feasibility study over the past two years and we now think it has outgrown just one venue.

“In future we will be holding it across several venues so it will get even bigger.”

Winnie (three) enjoys a cupcake. Picture by Marcus Mingins 3623007MMR4

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