GALLERY: Hitchin’s Walsworth Festival

THE biggest free festival in North Herts was held at the weekend, with organisers saying that despite the poor weather it was still as busy as other years.

Walsworth Festival was held on the common on Sunday afternoon. There were performances from the likes of Stevenage Sea Cadet Band, Stotfold Twirlers, Hitchin Youth Band, North Herts Community Choir and Letchworth Morris Men.

There were also a range of activities on offer, including ferret racing, shows for children, bowling, a mini funfair and a scout train.

Chairman of the organising committee, Penny Mitchell, said: “The event went well, regardless of the weather. I’d say it was at least as busy as last year.”

The festival could be the last ever if more volunteers do not come forward to help organise future ones.

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But an appeal by the Comet four weeks ago has seen several people come forward, and the festival committee hopes that they will be able to secure the future of the festival.

“We’ve got nine names on the list who have shown an interest in keeping it going next year,” added Penny.

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“People saw the article in the paper, and came forward. We are hoping that some can take over and help.”

If you are interested in helping out, ring Penny on 01462 624369.

An AGM will be held in the back room at the Walsworth Community Centre on Monday at 8pm to discuss the festival’s future.

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