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Bodfest buckets raise huge sums for local charities

Bodicote villagers enjoy watching a battle of strength as the Army take on residents in a tug of war at Bodfest.

Bodicote villagers enjoy watching a battle of strength as the Army take on residents in a tug of war at Bodfest.

Thousands of people flocked to Bodicote on Saturday to help raise thousands for charities.

Organisers of the annual Bodfest event are still tallying up the proceeds from their biggest and best festival to date.

Chairman Glen Griffin said £2,000 alone had been thrown into collection buckets by generous visitors.

A further £1,400 was raised through a barbecue provided by the organising committee at the Horse and Jockey pub, where the event’s main stage was busy with bands and singers. An acoustic stage was provided at The Plough.

“We’re thinking that we will have to adapt the format a bit for next year as Bodfest has got so big,” Mr Griffin said.

“Thousands of people came to the event from the village and outside. There was a huge crowd at Town Furlong where there were sports activities for children, Sharon Green’s dancers and a tug of war – the army came up with a Territorial Army recruitment stall for the street market and the village took them on, and won! There was a bit of stretching of the rules though,” said Mr Griffin.

Vendors at a food hall in Church House sold out of food, one selling 350 meals. Towards the end of the day, visitors enjoyed a Second World War sing-song to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

And a special cake was presented to Bodicote’s Scouting groups for their 60th birthday.

 

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