Olympic theme fun for Ashfield Festival

Ashfield show 2011
Ashfield show 2011

Organisers behind this year’s Ashfield Festival say that the event will build on the sporting and cultural legacy of London 2012.

The event, which is organised by Ashfield District Council and takes place at Sutton Lawn on Saturday, will include live music, sports taster sessions, food, fairground rides, business and charity stalls, crafts and much more.

Although last year’s event had to be cancelled due to heavy rainfall, the organisers are hoping to tap into the enthusiasm sparked by the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Event manager Carol Hallam said: “Hopefully it will bring back memories of last year’s games and make people feel inspired.

“There are things to do for people of all different ages and abilities. There are also lots of things to watch if you don’t want to get involved.

Paralympic champion Ollie Hynd, from Kirkby, will be signing autographs and raising money for the Nicola Daniels fund, while younger visitors will have the chance to meet Titan the Robot.

People will be able to enjoy live music including a show by Jessie J tribute act Vicky Jackson and Coolplay who will be performing the music of Coldplay.

Ashfield Council deputy leader, Coun John Wilmott of Hucknall, said it should be a great day.

“The Ashfield Festival has been running for many years and is the event of the year,” he said. “Unfortunately the weather last year meant we had to cancel the show but this year it looks like the weather will be wonderful.

“We are expecting a huge turnout and our website has been very busy with people checking out what is on offer.

“I hope the Hucknall community really support the event as well and enjoy it.”

Ashfield Festival is free to attend and starts at 10am. People are reminded that they should not bring alcohol on site but there is a family bar.

Coun Wilmott added: “The event has been organised to have something for everyone from toddler to pensioner.

“This year should be better than ever and if the weather forecast is true it will be a day you shouldn’t miss.

“I will be there to support the event and also to be on-site for people to have a chat with me and to give me any feedback about the event so we can take this on when it comes to planning next year’s event.”

There will be a full picture spread in next week’s Dispatch of all the fun of the Ashfield Festival.

For further details about the Festival visit www.ashfield-dc.gov.uk or see the council’s Facebook page.