Technicolour treat awaits visitors to Whitchurch's Blackberry Fair this year


Emily Davies

A TECHNICOLOUR treat awaits visitors to this year’s Blackberry Fair in Whitchurch.

Celebrating 10 years of the extravaganza, organisers have promised  this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever, featuring plenty of home-grown talent and internationally-renowned dance, street theatre and musical artists.

It takes place on Thursday, October 5 to Saturday, October 7.

Organiser Steve Chapman said: “In an incredibly challenging world, this community celebration from its roots up has always believed that embracing positive action really can make a difference, be it social, cultural or environmental.

“We’re all in this together – so let’s dance in the street and dare to be different.”

But they know they can’t do it without your support and this Saturday sees the launch of the 2017 Blackberry Fair with a fundraising campaign that will give all sorts of opportunities to help out and keep the event – which costs £17,000 to stage – free for visitors.

This includes a Crowdfunding bid which aims to raise £2,000, but in return for a £50 pledge via you can have a go at throwing a custard pie at the Mayor, Councillor Tony Neville, on the day.

The event is also one you can support with a blue chip in Tesco, plus there will be a “Bags of Help” competition and a “Big Bucket” appeal.

Steve added: “Help us make the community of Whitchurch proud of their town this autumn by staging a fabulous festival weekend for everyone to visit and enjoy.”

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