Big turnout for Festival Saturday at the Jubilee Centre

A big crowd at Bradley Stoke Community Festival 2013.

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 under way at 11.30am 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 also 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. Popular acts here included Yasmin’s Dance School and the Infinity Dance Group.

Over on the Jubilee Green, Professor Panic’s Circus and traditional fairground rides entertained the younger children, while a mini-arena hosted demonstrations by, amongst others, a martial arts club, South West Winterguard Academy, St Mary’s Old Boys Rugby Club and the Stokes Choir.

Unfortunately, a stiff breeze meant that the planned model aircraft display couldn’t take place on Jubilee Green.

We have lots of photos from today on PicasaWeb and Facebook.

We’re also offering a £10 prize for the most-liked reader’s festival photo, so post yours now on the BSJ Facebook page!

Tomorrow (Sunday 9th June) sees another full day of events, which gets under way with the Bradley Stoke 10k Run at 9.30am from the Jubilee Centre. A record field is expected for the race after the entry limit was raised from 500 to 600 to cope with demand. The extra places were snapped up within three days, so there will be no ‘entry on the day’ this year. Parking is limited, so runners are being asked to park elsewhere or, if local, walk to the start. Check out our race map to see where and when you can cheer the runners along.

In the afternoon, the inaugural staging of the Bradley Stoke Bed Race takes place between 1pm and 2pm from Baileys Court, with nine teams entered. This is followed by the Festival Cricket Match, also at Baileys Court, between the Mayor’s XI and a Bradley Stoke Cricket Club XI.

More info: Bradley Stoke Community Festival 2013 (The Journal)

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