Teens take centre stage as festival is a summer success
MORE than 5,000 people attended a free summer festival in West Bridgford.
Organisers said that this year's Bridgfest in Bridgford Park yesterday was as good as any they could remember.
Now in its fourth year the festival is aimed at 10 to 19 year olds, but also includes activities for all the family, such as bouncy castles, food stalls, climbing walls and of course a music stage.
Soaking up the sun in the crowd was 15-year-old Zac Pritchett of Herons Court, West Bridgford. Zac is a guitarist and lead vocalist in a pop-punk band called Hello Tomorrow who performed a ten-minute set on the main stage.
Landlords let us advertise your property and find you vetted tenants quickly. Our let only service is £195.
We offer full management services as well as rent guarantee and rent advance. Call us
Terms: No hidden charges, you will be informed of all costs in advance. The letting agency you can trust.
Contact: 0115 8969582
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
He said: "I think this event is a really good idea. There is a chilled out atmosphere and the best thing about is it is free."
His thoughts were echoed by band mate and drummer Joe Sims, also 15, of Eltham Road, West Bridgford, who said: "Some of the activities are brilliant I particularly enjoyed the inflatable football."
The musicians were among 12 other local bands who played continuously throughout the day. Headlining the event was a Notts band called Sinners Highway.
Watching his children playing on a bouncy castle was father of two Raynor Espley, of Gedling.
He said: "We have been coming her for the last two or three years and always had a good time. The kids love it and it's a good way to spend a Sunday."
Mr Espley, who has a two daughters Hannah, 5, and Holly, 7, said congratulations should go to the organisers for keeping the event free.
Youth worker for Notts County Council Dave Warren said: "Today is about the youngsters coming together and having a good time.
"The teenagers in West Bridgford have lots to do and they will have even more when the state-of-the art youth centre opens in March next year.
"We must have had around 5,000 people here today and the event has been as good as I can remember."
Also at the event was Notts County Councillor Richard Butler who said: "It's been marvellous. It's events like this which show youngsters in a really positive light."