Festival will be ‘fun filled’

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A clown on stilts and ‘Mr Rags’ took to the streets of Eastwood last weekend to promote the town’s summer arts festival.

The animated characters joined members of the festival’s steering committee to hand out brochures and programmes and draw people’s attention to the host of free events planned throughout July.

Chairman of the committee Brian Griffin said the annual festival would be a ‘fun-filled month’ and would offer a ‘wonderful opportunity’ to both young and old alike.

“It covers a wide spectrum,” he said.

“From craft workshops for the toddlers right through to photography and artists for the adults, there’s something for everybody. It’s a wonderful opportunity.”

The most popular event of the festival is always the annual family fun day, where there will be live music, family samba, creative make-and-take activities and circus skills. The event will take place on Saturday July 13 from 12pm until 4pm at Coronation Park. The Vibe event, offering live music for teenagers, will take place later the same day.

Mr Griffin said the festival has had less outside sponsors this year, but said he hoped it would not be noticed. Events are free.

The festival is funded by the Arts Council England, Broxtowe Borough Council and Eastwood Town Council.

Call 0115 917 3695, or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk.