Organisers Ready For Garrison Sports And Music Festival On Sunday

sports and music festival 2013_2The Sports and Music Festival on the Garrison will be going ahead this Sunday, whatever the weather.

Mark Twynham, one of the organisers of the event, says they had obtained a license to cover two days, just in case bad weather was forecast, but they’ve decided to go ahead on Sunday.

And Mark says some clever planning and “fantastic work” by Chris Evans and Eddie Williams means that if they have a few showers it won’t spoil the fun. The large marque used to cover the stage has been reconfigured so that spectators will be able to shelter at the front.

Over 1,800 people came along to last year’s event and Mark says they’re hoping to repeat that turnout this year. Around £10,000 was raised for a variety of charities and islands’ groups including the cricket, judo, gig and football clubs.

Rotary Club members will be making this their fundraiser instead of hosting a separate event on the Monday, as they have before.

And there’ll be various sports events taking place, including a junior football tournament, arranged by Ralph Handy, which starts at 10.45am. Players can register on the morning.

Mark says there are more stalls selling goods and crafts and more food offerings this year with Chris Evans providing meals, Richard Chiverton arranging the barbecue, the Gig Club offering snacks and pasties and a number of fundraising cake stalls, including the Cornwall Air Ambulance supporters.

And there’ll be around ten bands and performers on stage from lunchtime until late evening.

A beer tent and Pimms bar have been organised, although Mark says the police have asked them to be particularly careful about underage drinkers. This follows several incidents in Scilly recently where youngsters have been found with alcohol on the islands.

Only adults with an entry stamp on their hands will be able to purchase drink and he’s asking attendees to report any underage drinkers to the stewards.

Mark says the car boot sale is proving even more popular this year with around 30 cars registered. They’ll need to get onto the field from around 11am, before the festival opens at midday.

Mark feels that with so much happening, the £3 entry fee for adults is good deal. Under 18’s are free.

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