Earlsdon Festival celebrates 40th anniversary in style - The Coventry Observer

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Earlsdon Festival celebrates 40th anniversary in style

Felix Nobes 9th May, 2018 Updated: 9th May, 2018

EARLSDON’S historic street festival celebrated its 40th anniversary in style.

Monday’s eagerly anticipated Earlsdon Festival attracted thousands of Coventrians to enjoy a feast of arts and music on a record-breaking sunny Bank Holiday.

The event has been staged every year since 1978 and is among the city’s biggest and best known street arts festivals.

There was fun for the whole family with vibrant processions and entertainment for children.

Poetry readings, street-side performances from theatre companies and market stalls selling novelty delights gave visitors an array of activities to choose from.

A host of city bands performed and local schools were out in force to deliver a series of special routines and displays.

There was also a chance for fans to pose with the Rugby National League Division One trophy after Coventry Rugby emerged convincing victors after a hard-fought campaign.

Earlsdon councillor Ken Taylor attended to show his support along with fellow Conservative councillor Marcus Lapsa – who said he had a ‘vibrant day out’.

The Albany Theatre Company tweeted: “What a wonderful day we had in the sun chatting to Earlsdon Festival goers yesterday, our stall was so busy it was fantastic! Thanks to everyone that came and said hello and to the lovely Earlsdon Fest team for a fab fun-filled event.”

The JP Theatre school praised its young performers for dancing and singing despite the hot weather.

It tweeted: “Well done to everybody who performed @earlsdonfest today! It was a hot one and you all did really well in the heat. Many thanks also to everyone who came to watch.”

Nick Shingler, the cartoonist behind ‘Cov Kids’, displayed some of his art and produced a special Earlsdon Festival illustration.

He tweeted before the event: “Earlsdon Festival is 40 years old! Come along and be a part of Coventry’s biggest street festival today #BankHolidayMonday, and tell them #theCovKids sent you! It’s a lovely sunny day! #covhour.”

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