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Thousands turn out to St Richard's Boat and Car Festival

Droitwich Editorial 7th May, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

THOUSANDS of visitors descended on Droitwich Spa over the weekend for the annual St Richard’s Boat and Car Festival.

The popular event ran from last Friday (May 1) to bank holiday Monday (May 4), with loads going on during the four days.

Among the attractions were live music, displays and re-enactments and the travelling WW1 and WW2 Museum.

Droitwich Spa Mayor Bob Brookes also unveiled the town’s new mural at Netherwich basin – that, centred around the 800th anniversary of the Droitwich Charter, was designed by pupils from Witton Middle School.

Droitwich Arts Network had a host of events and there was even a display of work from Voiron – the Spa’s twin town in France.

Other events included a dog show, ran by MacArthur, Barstow and Gibbs and vintage vehicles.

The St Richard’s Boat and Car Festival was organised by Wychavon District Council, Droitwich Spa Classic and Vintage Car Rally group and the Worcester, Birmingham and Droitwich canal Society with support from local businesses and organisations.

Bob Brookes told The Standard: “It was absolutely great – I saw lots and lots of people having fun and getting into the spirit of the festival.

“Walking around, we had some great feedback from people who told us how much they had enjoyed everything that was going on.

“The children’s craft sessions were so popular, we had to go out and buy some more paper,” he added.

Janet Yates, Droitwich Spa business partnerships manager, said: “We’re really pleased with how the weekend went and it was so lovely to see so many people enjoying everything on offer and being in the town.

“The festival continues to grow year on year and we had more stalls, cars and boats than ever, so are obviously delighted that it proved to be so popular with people from Droitwich and with those visiting from further away.”

The next big festival in Droitwich Spa will be the Food and Drink Festival, which begins on June 20.

Blooming great – The St Richard statue was decked out in greenery. 1915010

Dave Hirst, Ann Stewart, Tracy Bird, Antony Roberts and Sophie Bird from Hall Green-based Adopt a Greyhound. 1915010

The big reveal – Mayor Bob Brookes unveiled the mural at the Netherwich Basin.

A mural masterpiece – The design at Netherwich Basin in all its glory. 1915010

Andrew Young with his classic car – one of many on display throughout the weekend. 1915010

Visitors remembered vehicles of times gone by. 1915010

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