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Summer success for town festival

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Daventry Arts Festival organiser Daventry and District Housing (DDH) marked the success of this year’s bumper event on Saturday.

Running from July 5 to 20, the two-week arts festival showcased the best of local artists and craftsmen.

Large numbers of people turned out to Saturday’s Summer Samba on the New Street Rec, which had performances by several local bands including Just Adam.

Sarah Sims, community officer at DDH, said: “We had a brilliant turn out at the Summer Samba with around 500 people enjoying a great line up of some of the best local music talent; not even the weather could dampen their spirits!”

Saturday also marked the one-year anniversary of Daventry’s Diamond Jubilee skate park, which has proved immensely popular with young skaters and bikers while also being credited with lowering anti-social behaviour in the area around the Rec.

Events included live music and skating competitions organised by Wheelscape, with prizes provided by Halfords.

Ms Sims said: “The skate park competition was a great way to celebrate its first birthday. We are really proud of the DDH Youth Board for organising the Summer Samba and for all their hard work on the day.”

But festival goers also had the chance to try new hobbies and learn new skills with many local societies and groups holding workshops in dancing, crocheting and bell- ringing.

Craft workshops were held at Daventry Community Centre and Northampton College while a photographic tour of historic Daventry was staged at the town library.

But for those who were more interested in browsing the best of local crafts rather than making them, Staverton held a three-day exhibition at its village hall as part of the festival which showcased the work of photographers and upholsterers.

Ms Sims said: “The whole festival has been packed full of energy and fun, and it’s been great to see so many talented people in Daventry come together.”

 

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