Final Preparations Being Made For Sport And Music Festival

rugby childrenFinal preparations are being made for what’s expected to be one of the biggest events on St Mary’s this year.

Organisers of the Sport and Music festival, being held on the Garrison on Sunday 25th August, met on Monday to finalise the layout of the field and discuss any last minute issues.

They’re expecting at least 500 people to turn up for the day.

One of the people leading the event, Mark Twynham, says the Police have raised the issue of underage drinking, which means all over 18s will get their hand stamped as they pay the £2 entry fee to the field.

Mark says the bar staff will be able to see who can be sold alcohol and stewards will confiscate drink from anyone without a stamp.

There are also concerns over broken glass on the playing field so no glass bottles will be allowed through the gates.

Mark says there’ll be plenty of reasonably priced drinks on offer with a full bar and a Pims tent, so there shouldn’t be any need to bring your own.

Many of the local sports and social clubs are helping out at the festival.

The Rotary Club will be running the barbecue and donut stall, the Gig Club are organising sandwiches and the Football Club are in charge of the bar.

The Judo Club will be manning the bouncy castle.

Mark says there’ll also be a car boot sale, at the far end of the garrison near the swings. There’s space for 25 cars, although these will be asked to leave at 5pm.

The programme of sports and music is also full.

There’s a six-a-side football tournament, netball tournament and tag rugby competition, as well as displays by the Judo Club.

On the music side, Mark says there’ll be someone on stage from the opening at midday, to closedown at 11pm.

Bands include old favourites Touching Cloth, The Steamband, All Squared Up and Road Runner, as well as new band Fizzy Milk and youngsters, The Swag Boys.

They still need help if anyone can spare the time. There are some two-hour shifts available at the bar, and they need help setting up on the Saturday and clearing away on the Monday.

Mark says they’ve been keen to get everything organised well in advance, although the weather could still be a problem and he’s looking nervously at the long-range forecast.



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