Record turnout as rain stays away

The flash mob performance of Thriller.

The flash mob performance of Thriller.

A record crowd of people braved amber weather warnings and were rewarded with a brilliantly sunny day at Glendale Festival on Sunday.

Coldstream Pipe Band kicked off proceedings, marching down Wooler High Street and then playing for locals and visitors in the bus station, which was turned into a music zone with performances continuing right up to 9pm.

“This year, as well as extending the music, we tried to provide something for everyone with events such as the flower festival, photography exhibition, stalls and a really great woolcraft fair,” said Bob Snooks, chairman of the festival committee, which is part of Glendale Gateway Trust.

“There were also lots of opportunities to take part in dance sessions including the jazz and belly dancing. There was plenty to entertain children with new additions of a paintathon and mini balance-bike sessions for the younger ones.”

Another new event was the adult and junior fun runs.

Mum Milly Archibald turned in a great time on the 10k run while pushing eight-month-old Chloe in a buggy. Meanwhile her other daughter, Anna, two, was the youngest to complete the 2k fun run under her own steam, with support from her gran Rhoda Matheson.

A flash mob performance of Thriller, complete with zombies, took the audience by surprise but soon had onlookers crowding round. “We really appreciate the support local people and visitors have shown by turning out in the face of dodgy weather warnings,” said Bob.

“And we were delighted with the crowds who stayed or returned for the evening sessions with Joe Mangels and Rue and the Rockets who are celebrating 50 years in the music business.

“The bus station was full, the weather was warm and, with great music, it didn’t take long for people to start dancing so the evening ended on a high note. As one onlooker put it, it was like Glastonbury but without the mud!”




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