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Issue No. 2 [Back Issues]
20 July 2004

Ross-on-Wye International Festival Marquee Extended Due To Unprecedented Demand

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The decision to extend the marquee was taken after tickets for The Commitments, appearing at the Festival on Sunday 22 August, sold out at the end of June after only two weeks on sale. This was quickly followed by sell-outs for both The Stranglers (Monday 16 August) and Amy Winehouse (Friday 20 August). There are also currently very few tickets left for The Levellers and the concert by Operatunity Winners Jane Gilchrist and Denise Leigh.

Many festival goers have been left disappointed at not being able to get tickets as they sold at a level unparalleled in previous years. Anybody wishing to purchase tickets is now urged to contact the Festival Box Office on 0870 1122330 to book as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment for a second time.

Festival Director David Bilton said “I am thrilled with the level of ticket sales for this year’s Festival. We’re lucky that we have the flexibility to enlarge the marquee to cope with the demand, allowing more people to come down to the Waterside to see the artists we have appearing this year.”

Ross-on-Wye International Festival runs from 13th to 22nd August and the artists appearing include Amy Winehouse, Roland Gift and the Fine Young Cannibals, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Jim Moray, Jazz Jamaica All Stars and Heartbreak Productions. Tickets and free brochures are available from the Courtyard Arts Centre in Hereford on 0870 1122330, from Ross Tourist Information Centre or through the Festival web site at

Ross-on-Wye Steam Engine Society 40th Anniversary Road Run

Spectators in Ross-on-Wye were given a taste of times gone by on Sunday 18th July 2004. To mark the 40th anniversary of Ross-on-Wye Steam Engine Society, a steam engine and vintage vehicle road run took place in the town. The 'road run' was led by a Burrell 7 Horse Power Showman's Engine, 'Nancy.' The engine had previously stood on the moors in Cornwall for 68 years before being lovingly worked on over a period of 15 years. David Pout and his son, laboured virtually every evening and weekend to restore the machine to its present condition. Next in the procession was a Vincent Engineering Foden Steam Lorry, followed by Colin Dix from the Lea in his McLaren Road Locomotive, 'Hogwart'.

The steam traction engines were followed by other vintage vehicles, including a 1959 'Edwin Richard Foden KV six wheeled tanker, a 1960s fire engine and various vintage cars.

  Ross-on-Wye Stream Engine Society.
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The vintage parade left the grounds of the Chase Hotel, travelled along Gloucester Road, High Street, Edde Cross Street, New Street, Broad Street, Brookend Street, Millpond Street and Cantilupe Road, finally arriving back at the Chase where the engines were left on display for the rest of the afternoon in the car park.

As much as I personally enjoyed the parade, I had to miss out on the afternoon display because, having run the entire route at a speed to stay in front of the engines and take photographs, at 50 years of age, I was totally exhausted and needed to get my breath back in a comfortable armchair at home. Thank you, all involved for the trip down memory lane to the days prior to four wheel drives and people carriers

Ross-on-Wye Stream Engine Society 'Road Run,' Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye.
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