Barford Festival enjoys ‘best year ever’

Organisers behind a Norfolk family festival are celebrating after having one of their busiest years ever as hundreds of people enjoyed a packed day of live music and fun activities.

Highlights at this year's Barford Festival, held on the village playing fields yeterday, included fire juggling unicyclists, stiltwalkers and a climbing wall.

An unusual group of large walking puppets called The Hairy Armchairs also proved a big hit with youngsters.

Also tapping into the spirit of the fun festival, organisers performed a Smart Car Human Jar seeing how many adults could fit into the notoriously small car. The grand total was 12.

Then as evening approached, visitors were invited to pull up a hay bale and listen to the music, including headline band Dynamite, and tuck into a barbecue and wood-fired pizza.


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The annual festival, which is in its sixth year, is organised by a group of parents and acts as a major fundraiser for Barford Primary School.

Amanda Periam, vice chairman of the Friends of Barford School, said: 'We had a fantastic day. The weather held off except for one little shower.

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'I think it's probably one of our best turn outs and the money we took on the gates is the best ever.'

She added that the community had taken to the festival to their hearts over the years, which had started life as just a traditional school fete.

'It's become synomous with the village. We've been saying just what a community thing it has become. Lots of people are willing to come and help us whether they have a connection with the school or not.'

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