THE streets of Alcester were thronged once again at the market town’s second food festival of the year.
After a steady start – probably due to rugby fans watching England trounce Australia in the World Cup – the crowds thronged the streets to cap another successful day.
“It was completely packed – absolutely tremendous to see so many people here,” said co-organiser Alison Brown.
“There were even visitors from San Francisco who were in town and came along and they loved it.”
Organisers had feared the worst following Friday’s downpour as efforts to chalk in spots for the stalls were washed away in the rain – but they needn’t have worried.
“They volunteers have been magnificent,” said Alison.
“For instance on the Saturday morning David and Lesley Henderson were up at about 3am chalking out the plots again.
“I normally come down at about 5am but everything was done by then.”
She also praised Alcester Scouts who organised and ran the park and ride system which once again kept the bulk of traffic away from the town centre.
“On Saturday morning there were eight parked vehicles in the High Street which caused us a few problems, and with one van, well I don’t know how he managed to get out once everything was in place.”
The sun shone too, and with traders well stocked this time round, they were able to keep serving eager customers throughout the day.
“There were so many people you couldn’t move in the High Street in the middle of the day – people loved it,” said Alison.
Two cheques to local charities were also presented, one to Heartsafe for a defibrillator and £1,000 to St Nicholas Night which this year is on December 6.