Best Altrincham Festival Ever! Until Next Year

July 11, 2012 10:11 am

Altrincham Festival
The spirits in Altrincham were at an all time high this weekend, for Altrincham Festival, when many events were being called off Altrincham refused to be beaten by the weather and was rewarded with glorious sunshine.

This years’ Altrincham festival is said to be the best so far with a fantastic 50 strong parade and a fantastic turnout of supporters but it was very close to being called off.

24 hours before the festival was due to go ahead the region was experiencing unseasonable floods and road closures, many other events were called off such as the Wilmslow Show. However, the people of Altrincham know it takes more than bad weather to dampen their spirits and the organisers decided to keep the 35 year old festival going.

Festival chairman tony Fishwick said:

“On the Friday I thought we might have to call off the festival.

“There had been heavy rain all day and the showground was waterlogged.

“But I decided to go ahead, while keeping the parade vehicles and big wagons off the showground.

“And thankfully the weather was perfect.

“It was a superb day. When you consider all the problems I think it was the best-ever Altrincham Festival. The day before you would not have believed we would have had a festival.”

And as Tony says, the weather decided to turn on the day of the festival with lovely sunshine, the first and last nice day we have had this July so far (as of 11th July).

With the sun shining, an estimated 20,000 people attended the festival to see the bright floats (who were close to literally floating the day before) and the entertainment.

The supreme grand prize was given to Willows Primary School who also won another 4 awards for their float.

The royal car was a Rolls Royce convertible that had been donated by festival patron, Carol Nash, and carried the beautiful Festival Queen and Rosebud, Jodie Hill and Grave Reynolds. The Royal car led the festival followed by the rest of the floats making their way around Altrincham to the showground at Beechfields Recreation Ground, Grange Avenue, Timperley.

As crowds filled the showground they were entertained with variety shows, brass bands, gymnastics and illusion acts, there was also a Viking Village display and 120 stalls!

Tony added:

“I would like to thank all the festival committee for their help with the parade and the show.”

This years Altrincham festival is being called the best yet, after 35 years of the annual festival running on the fist Saturday in July, however we feel this is just raising the bar as the organisers work tirelessly all year round to bring you such a great event we can expect the same standard and more for next year!

1 Comment

  1. Sue Nichols
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Congratulations to all the organisers and those that took part. It was really a great display this year and is a real boost for the town centre because it passes through it and brings in new shoppers and visitors. Altrincham seemed much busier the following week. Let’s try and get some associated events within the town centre next year as well.

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