Another big crowd for Festival Saturday

Fahrenheit Dance Group

Fine weather once again drew a large crowd to Saturday’s Community Fair at Bradley Stoke’s Jubilee Centre.

Action on the upper football field began at 10:30 with a tournament for local school children, with the main music and dance programme following at 11:30am.

Tribute band ABBA Now were the headline act on the main stage, supported by Pantz, Smokestack Shakers, Uncle Buck and The Echoes.

Music performances were interspersed with dance and gymnastic displays in the main arena.

The Jubilee Green was packed with business and community stalls together with fairground rides and a second performance arena.

Football star Matt Le Tissier visited the fair between 12:30pm and 2:30pm, signing autographs and chatting with representatives of the Bradley Stoke teams.

Paul Burling

A surprise visitor was Britain’s Got Talent finalist Paul Burling, who lives in Bradley Stoke. He was seen towards the end of the day signing autographs and posing for photographs with fans.

Tomorrow (Sunday 13th) sees another full day of events, which gets underway with the Bradley Stoke 10k Run at 10am from the Jubilee Centre. Organisers Sole Sisters Running Club told The Journal they had received 418 entries by Saturday evening and will accept further entries on race day, subject to a safety limit of 500. Take a look at our interactive map of the race route to see where you can cheer on the runners between 10am and approx 11:20am.

The Festival focus then switches to Baileys Court, where an outdoor church service (11am) will be followed by a family picnic and the annual six-a-side cricket tournament.

Youngsters not wishing to miss out on the sporting action can head over to the Leisure Centre, where a Skate Park competition starts at noon. A BBQ and music will be provided to accompany the action on the ramps.

Lots more photos from today on PicasaWeb: album; slideshow

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