Revellers soak in atmosphere at Crowhurst Broadstock Festival

Dancing to the music. Picture by Chris Davidson

Dancing to the music. Picture by Chris Davidson

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Hundreds of revellers flocked to this year’s Broadstock Festival in Crowhurst recently.

The family music event made a welcome return to the village after a year’s break.

Two girls tuck into a slice of melon. Picture by Jo Crouch

Two girls tuck into a slice of melon. Picture by Jo Crouch

Chris Davidson, who owns the site where Broadstock is held, said: “Despite some heavy grey clouds, the rain held off and the sun even peeped out for a few minutes.

“About 400 visitors of all ages enjoyed the tremendous atmosphere.

“A special feature of this year’s event was the presence of no less than two married or engaged couples who had met at Broadstock in previous years, including one of the lead singers.

“Music of all kinds was again provided by a perfect and wide selection of bands and musicians, including Sharpe & Larsson from Hastings, Paul Eshelby, Crowhurst’s favourite trumpet player and Hratch Garabedian, former village postmaster and virtuoso guitarist. During the afternoon children young and old danced in front of the stage, while groups of people relaxed all around.”

Bands played on the stage. Picture by Chris Davidson

Bands played on the stage. Picture by Chris Davidson

Events for children included traditional face-painting by Crowhurst Playgroup. Down in the woods could be found clay face modelling on trees, trail-blazing and making dreamcatchers.

Chris added: “These and other activities, including an arena hula-hoop competition, were all very popular. A stall selling lovely floral head bands also proved immensely popular.

“As always, the bar was well-patronised, and local micro-brewery at Litlington, Long Man, generously donated a barrel of bitter for the occasion.

“The proceeds from the event will top the £20,000 already raised for the village in previous years. According to some, it was the best Broadstock ever.”

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