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
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
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.
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.
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.