Festival highlights arrive in town

Arts Festival Family fun day: Samba band
Arts Festival Family fun day: Samba band

The highlights of the Eastwood Arts Festival arrived in town last weekend and locals turned out in their droves to make the most of the sunny weather.

The weekend was kicked off with more than 1,000 school children parading through the town last Friday, all sporting different props and outfits to fit in with theme ‘hideous British histories’.

Eastwood Mayor Hazel Charlesworth led the parade and said it wa s a’privilege adn an honour’.

“it was a privilege adn an honour to lead it with such a brilliant turnout.

“I watched all the kids leave for it and the enthusiasm on their faces was absolutely brilliant.”

It was the popular family fun day on Coronation Park on Saturday, which was opened by Cllr Charlesworth and Broxtowe Mayor Iris White.

There were games, stalls, activities and crafts for everybody to enjoy during the day, and later that evening it was the Vibe event, where local bands and singers take to the stage to entertain the crowds.

Cllr Charlesworth said: “It was all absolutely fantastic. Very, very hot, and everyone really enjoyed themselves. It went off brilliantly.

“The bands at the Vibe were excellent and are just getting better and better every year.

“One of them was playing 50s and I was walking home dancing to it!”

The town mayor said she hopes the events continue for many years to come.

“I hope it all continues to go on for years and years.

“It was just all totally fantastic.”

As well as the weekend’s big events, craft workshops have been taking place across the town each day as part of the festival.

There’s been everything from printing and photography workshops to making puppets and rugs.