Sun shines on Chandos Road Festival
Once again, the weather kept us guessing right up to the last minute but after setting up in moderately constant drizzle, the rain stopped right on midday just as the music started at the Chandos Road Festival. The sun gradually peeked out to give a fine warm afternoon for the festival and with the sun, came the crowds, to enjoy the friendly, fun atmosphere, great music and wonderful selection of food and drink offerings from our local traders.
The festivities were formally opened with a loud welcome from the official Town Crier for South Gloucestershire, David Fry, followed by upbeat singing from Riff Raff, one of our local community choirs. The Main Stage continued with jazz, soul, and top quality cover bands, while down on the acoustic stage, there was an eclectic mix of folk, rousing sea shanties, Nepali melodies, jazz and blues and much more. Good Measure hosted a DJ set creating a mellow relaxed atmosphere at the top end of the street. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Jos Clark, also attended and was very impressed by our community festival.
There was plenty for the kids, with face painting, Emma’s Art Club at Atelier, ‘play with clay’, and Louise’s famous stomp rockets. And, of course, Mr Brown's Pig, the truly wonderful puppetry of Chris Brown and walkabout street theatre. For the rest of us, there were plenty of stalls for browsing and buying, and the opportunity to meet representatives of local charities.
Our very dedicated Local Councillor Anthony Negus was there to support the event, and deemed it the best ever, with terrific performances on both stages, and a brilliant play area.
The organisers, Chandos Traders and Chandos Neighbourhood Association were delighted that the festival was such a success, providing an opportunity for our community to come together to enjoy an afternoon of fun with all the wonderful amenities that our area has to offer. We’ll be back next year!