Help make Bourne Festival a hit in milestone year

Bourne Festival 2015. EMN-150906-141749001
Bourne Festival 2015. EMN-150906-141749001
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The Bourne Festival is set to take place next weekend – and organisers are hoping for a huge turnout to mark two milestones.

The popular annual event, held on the Wellhead Field, is organised by Bourne and District Round Table, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

It is also 15 years since the Bourne Festival was first held – originally to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Round Table member Richard Ludlow, who helps organise the event, said it gets bigger and better every year.

He said: “The festival began when the town council asked us to organise an event to mark the Golden Jubilee.

“We basically just had a lorry trailer on the Wellhead which bands used as a stage and a small beer tent.

“Since then it has grown in size and popularity and is now a well-established event.

“It takes a lot of time and effort to organise and it couldn’t happen without our team of around 100 dedicated volunteers and also the generosity of local businesses.

“It’s a special year for us and we hope to see a big crowd over the weekend.”

The festival, which will feature live music from more than 20 bands, as well as 80 real ales, 25 ciders and fairground rides is due to begin at 6pm on Friday, June 10.

On Saturday, June 11, the action will take place between 12 noon and 11pm and on Sunday between 12 noon and 10pm.

Admission will cost £2 per person per day and is free for under-11s.

Organisers are also excited to have secured two flypasts from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. On the Saturday, a Hurricane is due to fly over the site at 4.20pm and on the Sunday two Spitfires are due to fly over at 3.50pm – although both flights are weather dependent.

Richard added: “All profits from the festival are ploughed back into local good causes, such as the group planning to improve the Wellhead play area, to which we have pledged £10,000.”