Friday, June 20, 2008
The 2008 Radlett Festival was bigger and better than ever by common consent. The weather in the days leading up to the weekend of 7/8 June was very changable with a lot of rain and there were concerns that the Phillimore Recreation Grounds might be too wet for the event. But the rain stayed away during the Friday and Saturday as the stage was being built and Saturday evening's concert went ahead in overcast skies. Unfortunately, fewer people than expected turned up for the concert - probably because of the weather - but those that did come were treated to an evening of open air entertainment to accompany their picnics and burgers from the BBQ. The picture shows the Radlett Light Opera Society on the stage.
But Sunday dawned well. It was already over 16 degrees at 8 am and the day was one of the hottest this year with sunshine all the way. So the crowds came, estimated at well over 4,000 people (not bad in a community of 9,000 people!) and had an enjoyable time spending their money, all of which will be going to local good causes. Afterwards it was clear that every stall had done extremely well in raising money for their local organisations and societies so many thanks to everyone who helped and we look forward to seeing you all next year!