Filton Festival enjoys the sunshine!
Filton Labours Political controversy and turmoil was put on hold yesterday for the annual Filton fesitval at Elm Park playing fields, with district councillors mixing with town councillors and public to enjoy the festivities.
The rain no nowhere in sight and the sun shone on a fund packed arena which heard some impressive bands bang out their tunes over a six hour fesitval.
A four day fun fair was in full swing next to the fair and the arena had community stalls and shop stalls selling produce and plent of food. The fair offered rides from £2.50 in price.
Save Conygre house community group stall asked for support to try and save it from sale and they were also running a petition to save local bus routes from closure. The group are due to hold a BBQ fund day on the 21st July.
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A mobile council bar was on hand to wet the whistle and a huge pig roast was very popular with customers on the day. There were a mix of food vans at the festival which did at times seem overbearing for a festival of a relatively small size. Competition was fierce between groups to sell food and drink with Burger prices at around £3.50 and a pint for £2.50.
Chair of Filton Labour branch, Brian Mead was compare for the day introducing acts and would have given Bruce Forsyth a run for his money.
Festival goers danced to the music on offer from rock bands such as The Tone Devils who had an impressive set. It was a real change of style from the old days of the wurzels and Michael Jackson tribute acts but people seemed to really enjoy it.
If you wanted a quieter atmosphere a photography exhibition in the Pavilion had some amazing shots of real like samples up for sale, whilst the community centre offered "Tea with Elvis", only downside was you had to pay £1 to enter, which seemed steep for a cup of tea and a song.
There were some down sides on the day. No signs to the toilets meant the public weren't sure where to go leading to a few caught short using tree cover, but a dash to the toilets would have been easy if signs were there. The public werent allowed to use the leisure centre toilets and were being sent to a Pavilion a short walk away.
Remote controlled planes flew over the festival goers later in the day, whilst offering a slight distraction from the great music, it did make you worry you could end up with the plane in your pint, burger or worse!
All in all with the welcome break from the days of rain the weather really did make the day.