Another big crowd for Festival Saturday

Asian dancers at the 2011 Bradley Stoke Community Festival

Fine weather once again drew a big crowd to Bradley Stoke’s Jubilee Centre for the main day of the annual Community Festival.

The action got underway at 10:30am when the first matches in the Schools Football Tournament kicked off on the upper pitch. Youngsters from local schools battled it out in a competition where marks for fair play were the deciding factor rather than the number of goals scored.

Music and dance acts in the main arena started at 11:30am, with the action alternating between the main stage in the car park and a dance floor that had been set up in the arena.

Headline act the Counterfeit Bee Gees performed two sets, with four local bands – Doing Time, Trouble on The Green , Cassette and Tundra providing support.

Over on the Jubilee Green, Professor Panic’s Circus and traditional fairground rides entertained the younger children, while a mini-arena hosted demonstrations by local martial arts clubs.

Technical problems with the sound system saw the schedule slip throughout the afternoon, meaning that the final act (Egyptian Dancers) finished nearly an hour later than planned at 6:25pm.

Bradley Stoke Community Festival 2011 - Tundra

Tomorrow (Sunday 12th) sees another full day of events, which gets underway with the Bradley Stoke 10k Run at 9:30am from the Jubilee Centre. Organisers Sole Sisters Running Club had received 498 entries by mid-afternoon (the race limit is 500) but said it would continue to accept entries in anticipation of no-shows on the day.

Bradley Stoke 10k Run 2008 - Finish

A forecast of heavy rain for Sunday has led to the outdoor church service planned for 11am at Baileys Court being switched to Christ the King Church (BSM reports). The rain could also put a dampener on the six-a-side cricket tournament planned for the afternoon.

The annual Skate Park competition takes place at the Leisure Centre from noon, accompanied by music and a BBQ.

Lots more photos from today on PicasaWeb: album; slideshow

The Journal would like to thank Steve Gibbard for helping with the photography.

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