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Family festival overcomes downpours to brighten up the town

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Thunderstorms could not dampen spirits as more than 1,000 festival-goers enjoyed a weekend of entertainment.

Brackley Fringe gave residents the chance to enjoy a bumper two days of music, comedy, dance, drama and more across the town after a number of fundraising events this year.

The weather meant activities had to be moved into the hall on Saturday but despite the change of plan, organiser Alan Smith was pleased to hear so many positive comments.

He said: “We were flooded out and a couple of gazebos were damaged but it all actually ran like clockwork.

“As the first time we’ve done it, people weren’t sure what to expect but everyone said how brilliant it was.

“There was a nice family atmosphere so it was a safe place for children to run around and the music was of a really high standard.”

Artists performed throughout the weekend on Brackley Piazza and at Brackley Rugby Club, as well as at Clayson’s Wine Bar and in Burgess Square.

Roland Chadwick was at CJ’s Diner and Damian Clarke performed at The Green Room but Mr Smith said his highlight of the weekend was hearing the reception for Brackley-based storyteller Tanita Gibbs who lost her eye in a car accident at the start of the year.

He said: “Tanita was absolutely incredible – she’s such a brave girl and the story was captivating.

“She read Mr Fox and it was probably my highlight of the weekend to hear the applause which was so heartfelt.

“She’s trying to get her confidence back and this event did so much for her.”

Mr Smith thanked the army of volunteers and his committee of organisers.

He said he will reflect on the event in the coming weeks and make plans for 2015 but he would prefer to run it as a one day festival next year.

 

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