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Issue No. 8 [Back Issues]
31st August 2004


A Terrific Three Day Finalé for Ross-on-Wye Unintentional Festival!


 


Ross Unintentional Festival Three Day Finalé, which took place over the August holiday weekend proved to be a colourful and entertaining climax to the Ross-on-Wye Fringe Festival. With a large variety of events, ranging from a male voice choir to heavy rock bands having already been taking place in and around Ross since Sunday 15th August, the finalé weekend, in the grounds of the Hope & Anchor, began on Saturday, 28th August at 3 pm, finishing at 11 pm on Monday.

To the left you can see a photograph from Saturday's brilliant mid evening performance by The Veiled Sapphires, of which it was suggested by Caz and Tina that I took more than the average amount of photographs of the one event. Can't think why. Just to prove that this is not strictly true however, and that I enjoyed photographing Mars Bonfire, Summer Bullets and all the other bands just as much, I will be adding pages to the main web site in the near future to cover the whole event more fully. Please click here for details.

Following on from its modest beginning, arranged at short notice back in 2002 due to the cancellation of the International festival, Ross-on-Wye Unintentional Festival has gone from strength to strength and has proved to be a great success. As with other local festivals such as Monmouth and Coleford, starting out small and expanding has proved to be far better than the other way round. I for one would like to see a festival for our great local performers as well as other big names as they become affordable become the main event in town, rather than pay eighteen quid a ticket to see a group of Czechoslovakian Sword Juggling Ferrets perform in a huge marquee . . .

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. . . Thank you to Caz, Franki, Simon, Rachel and all the other organizers, stewards and crew for a great festival!

Thank you also to Tom Richardson for supplying the photograph to the right of 'Trilemma,' performing at Cloisters on Thursday 19th August. Tom mentions that, 'it was a great gig, with superb performance from Hannah Bengough-Smith, particularly of her own songs. Great backing too from Tom Richardson on guitars and Andy Herbert on basses.'

On a slightly sadder note, during the early morning on Sunday, Caz had her purse stolen from the festival site and it was later found in town minus a large sum of money. Any information would be appreciated.

 



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Organized by Sue Jones, and other festival committee members, St. Mary's Flower Festival took place over the August bank holiday weekend. With various displays provided by Ross Floral Society, St. Mary's, Hope Mansel and Bridstow churches, Flower House and Likes, to name but a few the interior of the church was transformed with a stunning, colourful display of flora set to music.

Pictured above, in the foreground is the exhibit, 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' created by Sue Ryan, Mary Hall, Maureen Carter, Rhona Burston and Maureen Cross. In the background, the exhibit, 'Bombay Dreams' can be seen, created by Luva Washington, Judy Greystone, Lynn Dixon, Sheila Heath, Doris and Charlie Griffiths and Lady North.


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