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Issue No. 98 - 31st May 2006
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This Week - [Bank Holiday Monday in Ross-on-Wye - Meanwhile, 10 miles away in Coleford]
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Bank Holiday Monday in Ross-on-Wye

The Ross-in-Bloom Team worked hard as ever this year to create something to attract visitors to Ross-on-Wye town centre on Bank Holiday Monday. A few people held reasonably successful craft stalls in the market house and, upstairs in the Heritage Centre there were displays of quilting and card making.

Due to complaints from just a few local traders, located in the vicinity of the Market House however, there were no belly dancers or other performers to draw people to the event this year and this is the last similar event for the foreseeable future. To those traders concerned: your utter selfishness astounds me! Just look at the bottom two photos of this series - the views from the Heritage Centre window at 12:00 noon on Monday last and a view of the same day back in 2003. I have never seen Ross so empty on a May Bank Holiday Monday as it was this year.

Wyenot News would like to thank Mary and the rest of the Ross-in-Bloom team plus all the other volunteers for their tireless efforts in trying to make Ross-on-Wye a place worth visiting. We also feel for Gordon Lucas, whose vintage motorcycle show, which also attracted many visitors to the town in previous years, was not able to take place in the Maltings. We look forward to seeing both Gordon's display and the belly dancers on Carnival Day, 5th August.

It is not all bad news for Ross-on-Wye and I would like to point out the Beer and Cider Festival which is coming up soon at the White Lion Inn, Wilton. Full details will hopefully follow next week. I know that the musicians will be: Miln & James, Jocelyn, Will Killeen, The Cliveden Set, Andi James and The Accord. I believe there is some pretty good regular live music at the Riverside Inn as well these days. Ross-on-Wye's Mayor, Phil Cutter has also promised to try and organize a musical event at the bandstand this year. Last year's event, 'Rock-on-Wye' was brilliant, (photos are still available to view in the gallery) so that is something else to look forward to.

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Spring Bank Holiday Monday in Ross, 2006

Spring Bank Holiday Monday in Ross, 2003

Meanwhile, just 10 miles away in Coleford . . .

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The streets were absolutely packed on Bank Holiday Monday, with at least a thousand people turning out to support the town's annual festival by listening to music and purchasing goods from the many stalls and open shops on the day. The photos here were taken a little over half an hour after the one of Ross - the time it took me to drive there and find somewhere to park.

One of the stall holders, who used to trade at Ross Market recognized me whilst I was here and called me over. He was overjoyed about his day's trading on Sunday. 'One of my best ever,' he said.

I am not sure who the performing musician (left) is but he was certainly keeping his audience entertained. He was part of a group of three musicians performing a kind of folk music with drums, which I would highly suspect was not traditional to the Forest of Dean. It sounded great!

I think perhaps there is a lesson to be learned here by the few traders in Ross located around the market house.

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