Walsworth Festival this weekend

The Sea Cadets Marching Band at last year's festival

The Sea Cadets Marching Band at last year's festival - Credit: Archant

NORTH Herts’ largest free festival returns this weekend.

Walsworth Festival in Hitchin is due to be held this Sunday, with organisers promising an array of activities and attractions on the day.

There were fears last year that the event would have to be cancelled if no volunteers came forward, but the festival was eventually saved after a Comet appeal and is now nearly into its 40th year.

Performances this time include medieval re-enactment group The Swords of Chivalry, North Herts Community Choir, Janda Folk, Village Jazz, and Hitchin Youth Band.

There will also be dancing displays from Egyptian dancers Banat-el-Garb, Letchworth Morris Men and the Stotfold Twirlers.


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The ferret racing will make a return, and there will be Punch and Judy, a magic show, a mini funfair, the scout train, and a classic vehicle display.

Stalls, refreshments and a bar will all be on hand, with St Faith’s Church opening its doors at 1pm for an art display, live entertainment, flower arrangements and cream teas.

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Alan Millard, who is on the organising committee, said: “Make a date in your diary and enjoy a day packed with much to see and do, come rain or shine.”

The fun all starts at 11.30am when Cllr Jane Gray, chairman of North Herts District Council, will officially open the event.

Entry to both the main festival and St Faith’s Church is free.

• See next week’s Comet for pictures and a round-up.

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