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PICTURE GALLERY: Danson Festival a roaring success in the sunshine

PUBLISHED: 14:03 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:03 08 July 2013

Having fun. Pic by Gemma Watson @ Diffused Light Photography

Having fun. Pic by Gemma Watson @ Diffused Light Photography

Gemma Watson @ Diffused Light Photography

Last year’s Danson Festival was marred by downpours of monsoon proportion but the only thing visitors had to content with over last weekend was glorious sunshine and temperatures pushing 30C.

More than 65,000 people attended the Danson Park event to see hundreds of artists, performers and musicians, including local band Leogun whose members hail from Welling, Dartford and Orpington and who supported Bon Jovi at their Hyde Park gig a week ago.

It is 15 years since the festival was established, replacing the Bexley Show, now it is bigger and better than ever before.

Donna Turner tweeted: “Had a fun day at the @DansonFestival. Was so proud watching Rebecca and her ballet friends on stage #toocute.”

The festival also saw the Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band perform, a collective formed by the radio DJ and former Red Dwarf actor including people who have collaborated with Jamiroquai and Amy Winehouse among others.

As well as music and performance there were a range of stalls from local exhibitors in the different zones such as the sports zone, craft fair and community zone.

Football club Welling United, who won a league title last season, tried to win over a few more fans and Girlguiding UK were also at the festival, saying: “We were at the Danson Festival with lots of free activities including a climbing wall to show how much fun guiding can be.”


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