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Visitors flock to town as Belper goes green

Belper Goes Green.
Jack Poynton entertains an appreciative audience.

Belper Goes Green. Jack Poynton entertains an appreciative audience.

More than 4,000 people are thought to have turned out for the Belper Goes Green festival at the town’s rugby club at the weekend.

Many of the town’s guesthouses were full for the event, with good weather helping to boost visitor numbers further.

A beer festival, dance acts and community art joined eco-friendly events such as castles made from junk and forest skills sessions.

Around 40 scarecrows which had been displayed in various unusual locations around the town in the build-up to the event were brought along – with CAMRA’s entry –complete with pint glass in hand – winning.

Meanwhile, a host of acoustic acts kept the crowds entertained throughout Saturday and Sunday. Organiser David George said: “We were helped by weather – I kept telling people I had ordered it especially for the event but they didn’t believe me!

“People got stuck in to all the activites with plenty of families coming along.

“We are just taking stock now before we think about whether to stage the event again next year.”

 

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