GALLERY: Cometh the hour, cometh the music but “slight disappointment” at numbers attending Manor Fest

Manorfest, Whittlesey. Jessie's Ghost. Picture: Steve Williams.

Manorfest, Whittlesey. Jessie's Ghost. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

COUNCIL officials admitted to “slight disappointment” at the numbers attending Saturday’s Manor Fest music festival at Whittlesey.

Manorfest, Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams.

Manorfest, Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Fenland District Council which staged the event which included 10 live bands had hoped for more visitors.

Manorfest, Whittlesey. Jessie's Ghost. Picture: Steve Williams.

Manorfest, Whittlesey. Jessie's Ghost. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A council spokesman said: “The only slight disappointment was that we didn’t get more people to come along. We had about 350 visitors and we took more than £5,000 but we were hoping for more than that.

Manorfest, Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams.

Manorfest, Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

“Nevertheless, as a first-off it was definitely a success and we’ve learned a few lessons in terms of planning for next year. It was a very good base that we can build on for the future.”

The spokesman added: “Overall, we’re delighted with the day. It was the first time we’ve staged this sort of event and everything went very smoothly.


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“The bands were all brilliant and all the other attractions and activities like the free running demonstrations, the skate park and the graffiti artist were all really popular,”

“We’ve had lots of great feedback from everyone who was there and we’ll definitely be repeating it next year.

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Bands and beer were top of the list of entertainment at the town’s leisure centre with Led Zeppelin tribute band, Purple Zeppelin, one of the main acts.

Headlining was De’Vide, the duo who was picked as one of Jessie J’s team on the recent series of The Voice on BBC1.

The festival, organised by Fenland District Council, also featured dance and circus workshops, skate coaching, parkour (free running) and a graffiti artist.

There was also plenty of food stalls and a bar stocked with a range of beers from Oakham Ales.

Other bands in the line-up were James Edmonds, Symptom, New Generation Crash and Burn, Richard McMahon, The Various Artists, Supreme Show, Jessie’s Ghost and On The Ceiling.

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