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Crowds gather for Salt Fest 2013
2:20pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of people visited Droitwich Spa to help celebrate the town’s heritage.
Crowds gathered in the town centre and Vines Park for this year’s Salt Fest event.
The popular festival, which took place on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, is the last of Droitwich’s busy 2013 events programme.
Salt Fest, which started in 2006, has grown rapidly and offered a packed weekend of activities and entertainment to mark the town’s salt history and the community.
The main programme got underway at 11am on Saturday when it was opened by Councillor Gerry O’Donnell, chairman of Wychavon District Council, and Droitwich Spa Mayor, Councillor Tom Noyes. This was followed a parade through town led by the Droitwich Air Cadets band.
Visitors had opportunity to learn about the town’s salt history in ‘Salt Alley’ which hosted displays and activities such as salt making demonstrations and salt carving.
The event also saw the performance of A Flavour of a Salt Maker’s Celebration play which depicted the life of the salt maker and his family in the 1600s. The play was held to support the campaign to reopen Droitwich’s historic brine baths.
Other attractions included Romans setting up camp in Vines Park for the whole weekend and members of Worcester Re-enactors depicting living history through the ages.
New for this year was the Community Services Zone in Victoria Square giving residents the chance to find out more about the emergency services and other organisations who help the community.
Live music, art exhibitions, a dog show, canal fun run, real ale bar, markets, community stalls, farm animal corner and children’s entertainment all helped to entertain visitors.
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