The organisers of Bradley Stoke’s Royal Wedding community ‘street’ party, held yesterday at the Jubilee Centre, say they have had positive feedback from families who enjoyed the occasion despite the failure of the centrepiece big screen TV.
A technical issue with the TV screen’s back projector meant that party goers were only able to view a dim 4′ x 3′ image instead of the 14′ x 8′ one that had been promised in the event’s publicity.
The big screen was not working when the event was officially opened at 10:20am by BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson and, with just ten minutes to go before the start of the ceremony (11am), the crowd of between 100 and 200 was told that the technical problems could not be fixed.
A small number of families packed up their picnics and left the venue to watch the wedding at home, although it is thought that some returned later to enjoy the stalls and rides set up around the field.
Those that stayed were invited to “move closer to the screen”, with the youngest children allowed to sit in a row just feet from the screen.
Michelle Dent, Chair of the Friends of Jubilee Green volunteer group that organised the event with assistance from event management company Re-energize told The Journal:
“We are really gutted about the failure of the big screen contractor and Re-energize assures me there will be a full refund from the contractor.”
“I can only apologise to everyone who attended for the small picture. Helen [North] and I have spent the last four months volunteering our time to organise this event, however we’ve had some really positive feedback from families who had a really good time despite the issues with the screen.”
Organised activities for children attending the party, including puppet shows, decorating a congratulations card for the royal couple, a Prince and Princess fancy dress show, a ‘wedding reception’ disco and play sessions in Jubilee Park, were all well supported and helped keep minds off the embarrassing failure of the big screen.
“A huge thank you to all the children who took the time to dress as princes and princesses, they looked amazing! The children enjoyed the puppet shows and the wedding reception disco.”
“Thank you to all the community groups for taking part, the Aztec hotel for the wedding cake, Ramada Grange for goody bags and Starbucks for the coffee.”
“All that’s left to do now is post the community congratulations card to the happy couple!”
“I’d also like to thank BBC Radio Bristol for the oportunity to promote Bradley Stoke as a fun, vibrant place to live.”
Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Robert Goodwin of Re-energise explained the big screen failure had been caused by “something going wrong with the power supply to the lens”, adding “we had a run through and tested the TV signal yesterday”.
Mr Goodwin told The Journal that he would consider offering compensation to traders attending the event in consideration of the reduced attendance caused by the big screen failure.
The Journal understands that provision of the big screen was sub-contracted to a local supplier, named as First Choice (Bristol) by technicians working behind the scenes. The technicians explained that the projector had been delivered overnight from another supplier and hence the complete system had not been tested before the day of the event. The only available back up was a ‘long throw’ projector, which resulted in the tiny picture seen by the crowd.
BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson commented later on his Twitter account:
“Just opened Bradley Stoke street party where big screen has failed. Astonishing incompetence from supplier [always test kit properly before use].”
Bradley Stoke Town Council funded the event at a cost of between £3,500 and £4,500, agreed by a slim majority at January’s Full Council meeting. One Councillor subsequently wrote to The Journal saying he was against the proposal, “especially in the light of our current financial and economic conditions”.
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