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Issue No. 155 - Wednesday, 11th July 2007
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Page 1 [Beginning Work on Ross Flood Alleviation - A Wedding etc. - Cloisters Blessed by Buddhist Monks - Deadline]
Page 2 [WNTV: A Blues Party at Broome Farm]
Page 3 [WNTV: The Fantastic Toby Ensemble]

Page 4

[WNTV: Successsful 5th Ross-on-Wye Country Festival]
Page 5 [What's Happening in Ross This Week - More Country Festival]
Page 6 [Save Our Post Offices - Country Festival Artists - Crime Reduced in Ross - Wyenot News Letters]
Page 7 [Heritage Events - Ruby Prosser - Heart of England Judges - Happy 21st Lucy - Bands - Sue and James - Cash]
Page 8 [Merton House - Creative Learning Centre - Lions Help MS - Prince - Library - Outward Bound - Walford - Weather]
Page 9 [Other News from Around Herefordshire]
WNTV: Successful 5th Ross-on-Wye Country Music Festival

The fifth Ross-on-Wye Country Music Festival took place over last weekend and proved once again to be a huge success for both fans of country music and for St. Michael's Hospice. Many hundreds of country and western fans came to town from all over the UK for what has now become a major annual Ross-on-Wye event - certainly the biggest and most successful for many years!

What is so wonderful about this festival, as opposed to others is that the visitors spend time walking around the town centre as well as enjoying the music. They visit the small shops rather than just the supermarkets and patronize local pubs and restaurants. Reports have already come in that many ate at Annie's Café in High Street and at the White Lion Inn, Wilton and I am absolutely sure that many other local businesses did well as a direct result of the event.

As most will already know, Tina is but I am not a country music fan. The atmosphere at the festival is just so fantastic though, I would not miss it for anything. Next year, Tina and I plan to take the caravan down and camp there ourselves so that we can enjoy the whole weekend uninterrupted.

Below and on the following pages are photographs and video from the weekend. I have many hundreds, of course but have just chosen a few for publication. I hope all those who attended the festival and other more regular readers enjoy the coverage. With the exception of just a few, there are no names to go with most of the audience photos as they were mainly shot naturally, as it was rather than posed.

After expenses paid to artists, the venue and everything else, a magnificent £2,830.35 was raised at the event for St. Michael's Hospice. All through people putting in a lot of work organizing, but having a great time doing so. Thanks must go to Colin and Anne Gray for organizing the event and to everybody else involved, including Ross Rowing Club, who provided a lot of help as well as the venue, Clive Beard Haulage, Brandon Tool Hire, Quick Skip, Wye Commercials, Ross Windows, Crazy Cowboys Magazine Promotions for providing printing, Ross St. Michael's Ladies for running the raffle (which raised £830.35) and all stewards and helpers, far too numerous to mention individually.

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The ten minute film below is quite a nice compilation of songs from various artists who performed at the 5th Ross Country Music Festival. Although I filmed many different songs from all artists whilst I was there, and probably have enough video footage to start my own Country TV station, due to lack of time I have just run up this quick compilation to get it out for Wednesday. I think the only artists missed out are those who performed on the Friday evening as Tina and I did not arrive back from Bromsgrove in time to make it to the festival. I possibly also missed one on Sunday as I had other events to cover on the same day.


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Ross-on-Wye's own Queen, Joyce Thomas MBD DL thoroughly enjoyed her Saturday evening at the festival. Ref: DSC_8838

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Bonnie and Clive Beard. Ref: DSC_1557

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Anne Gray asked me to take this photo of Anita Rogers. I'd have probably taken it anyway! Ref: DSC_1553

Mayor and Mayoress Derek and Meryl Bedford enjoy tea in a cowboy's log cabin. Ref: DSC_8923


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