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Following the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently, outlining the “Timetable to Freedom,” we have decided to forge ahead with the return of Ashington Festival this year on 21st August 2021.
Providing all goes to plan regarding Covid restrictions currently in place, we hope to put on a Festival that is Bigger and better than before.
We will have our usual favourites, Stunning Arena Acts, Sideshows, Food outlets, a Licenced Bar, Cake Stall, Barrow of Beer, Harris’s Fun Fair, Dog Show, Car Boot Sale, Crafts, Raffle, and a fantastic Stage Show with many different entertainers taking us into the evening with Fireworks at 10pm.
Unfortunately as Covid restrictions are currently in place, we are not able to hold our usual Princess Disco, so entry forms will be delivered via the school online newsletter and the Festival website, the Princess, attendants and Page Boys will be drawn by an independent person.
There really will be something for everyone!
The day will kick start with the Carnival beginning at 1.30pm
Let’s make this year’s carnival the best ever with the “Battle of the Roads.” Get together with a group of people from the road you live in, or a group of friends or family, and enter a Float or Walking Group. Remember, there is £100 prize money awarded to “The Best in Show.
Make a note in your Diary, 21st August 2021. Let’s blow the awful year of 2020 into a distant memory and join in the fun!
Ashington Festival first appeared in 1997. It was decided that instead of having the Fun Day and the Flower Show on two different days it would be better to have one large day instead. All the businesses around the village were asked if they would sponsor some money for the day. I remember we got nearly £3,000 in sponsorship which was excellent at that time. The clubs and groups of the village were asked if they would have some kind of stall to raise money for themselves and the Festival.
It was a great success and now in our 24th year it has got so big we are running out of space on the Recreation Ground. We now have a large Carnival, Arena / Stage Acts running through the afternoon and evening, lots of craft and charity stalls, sideshows and Harris Funfair which is our own village fair. We have a Flower Show, fun Dog Show and a Classic Car Show with vintage vehicles, a Car Boot Sale and lots more. In the evening we have live bands playing outside and a fantastic Firework display.
The Carnival is one of the largest in our area we have a lot of carnival floats and walking groups from the village and families all wanting to join in. We have marching bands, majorette troupes and clowns making a fantastic atmosphere. People come from miles around for the day and they line the streets to watch the Carnival.
Because the Festival has got so big we have to raise something like £10,000 to pay for the day. This is done through sponsorship and fundraising through many hard working people but we need more help so if anyone reading this can help please contact me.
Also on Festival day over the years it has been a reunion day, people who were born in the village or used to live here, come back to meet old friends and family which I think gives it a real community spirit atmosphere. We have heard some very moving stories over the years where people have not seen each other in a lot of years. So if you were born in the village or used to live in Ashington, come to the Festival and catch up for old times. It is always held on the third Saturday in August.
Margaret Alford, Chairperson