This year’s Summer Festival at The Dolphin on Waterloo Road closed on Sunday evening and landlady Anna Gorman said that it had been a “brilliant” 3 days of music. “We had rain on Friday night and Saturday but since then it’s been sunny and we’ve had an excellent response – the best festival yet!”
This is the third annual festival at The Dolphin and organiser Jon Maybey assembled 7 bands to provide live entertainment for large, appreciative crowds in the pub’s garden from Friday evening to Sunday.
Alongside the music there was a real ale and cider tent, a barbeque, a children’s playground and entertainment and a raffle in aid of the Nepali Children’s Trust. Saturday afternoon festival goers also enjoyed a ‘mud-cuddling’ contest which involved a paddling pool filled with mud and pairs of contestants in fancy dress attempting to eject one another from the pool.
This year’s festival marked a return to a 3 day format with agreement from local residents after last year’s reduction to 2 days. The festival is free and has become part of The Dolphin’s regular music programme which includes Thursday Night Live at 8.30 each week featuring local bands and musicians.