Crowd numbers soar to give a ringing endorsement for the fourth Spalding Festival
Record numbers through the gates for this year's Spalding Festival has secured its place as a fixture in the town's cultural calendar.
Organisers of the newly-named, new-look event confirmed that crowds during the three-day festival held at Spalding's Castle Sports Complex were double the number that attended last year.
As well as the usual mix of music and beers, the festival also boasted a craft fair, food and gift stalls, games and a giant screen made it an event designed to appeal to the whole family.
Matt Clark, of Spalding and District Round Table which runs the event jointly with Spalding Ladies' Circle, said: "It has been really good, with the number of people attending about 50 per cent up on last year and takings almost double that of 2018.
"For example, we had the same numbers in for Saturday afternoon alone as we did for the whole of Saturday last year.
"It shows the confidence there is in the event which has become a focal point for the town."
The emphasis on catering for families was also shown by a family area which included hook-a-duck, bumper cars, funfair, face painting and water-based activities.
Nearly 100 different varieties of real ale and ciders were on sale throughout the weekend as a host of bands and musicians entertained the crowds, including Revolver, Ray Fenwick and the Rest, Jack Wycherley, Meg McPartlin, Zebra and the Act II Theatre Company Choir whose singers performed numbers by Queen, three weeks before a concert at Spalding's South Holland Centre.
Matt said: "The set-up for this year's festival changed a bit from last year, with a slighter larger fair and move from being a beer and music festival to one that is an all-encompassing one so that there's something to attract everyone.
"Mark Le Sage played a key role in getting the bands, while Spalding Ladies Circle sorted out all the stalls.
"There a true belief among the organising committee to turn the Spalding Festival into what the Spalding Flower Parade was and the ticket sales this year show that people have an intention to come here every year."