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Northampton Town Festival, and East Hunsbury Village Fete, 2019

Posted on 8th July, 2019

The 2 Tones headlined the Northampton Town Festival music stage on 7 July 2019. They immediately followed on from Lunaxis, with the amazing voice of Carly Loasby.

 

Apart from the 2 Tones' hyperactive set itself, most notable was the arrival of joint main vocalist Gav. Rushing onto stage at The Racecourse venue, apparently straight from a dash down from Edinburgh, he arrived 25 minutes after the band was due to start. A feasible explanation for their drawn-out 'sound-check' I suspect.

 

In the main arena, notable performances during our stay came from Wayne Vendors Wheel and The Devil's Horsemen.

 

Visiting the festival was a relaxing way to end the weekend. That's because I had been 'working' on Saturday 6th as the 'official photographer' for East Hunsbury Parish Council, at the inaugural East Hunsbury Village Fete.

 

The fete was genuinely a fantastic success, far larger and busier than what you might expect for a first year. I won't name names of the individual organisers, as I may offend by accidentally omitting some. Suffice to say however, that it was organised to a standard that even a commercial event business would find hard to beat. It will be interesting to see how the Parish Council can top the 2019 event next year.

 

My contribution was to rush around for an exhausting 4 hours, shooting as much as possible of the goings-on. Lots of the time I was photographing kids busying themselves, but two specific activities I had to record were the victoria-sponge 'Bake Off' competition result, and, the dog-show judging. In comparison to the doggy work, I can tell you that taking pics of kids is a piece of victoria-sponge!

 

Unfortunately, I can't publish any pics from the afternoon, as they were commissioned by East Hunsbury Parish Council. I can say however, that I did get what I feel are a few gems. Fingers and toes crossed that EHPC is happy when they see them!

 

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