JUL 99] SPON END FORUM PRESS RELEASE
Just Four Days Until The Spon End Wakes FestivalSATURDAY 10 JULY 1999, 10am - 5pm
The Spon End Wakes will be resurrected this Saturday
after being in abeyance for over 100 years.
The Festival has been brought back to life in time for the
Millennium and is being organised by the Spon End Forum - an umbrella group for a host of
residents groups and voluntary organisations in the Spon End area.
Colin Walker, Chair of the Forum, said:
"The area has a strong sense of identity and this
Festival will be an opportunity for Sponenders and others to shout about our area and how
unique it is," he went on "local people have achieved a lot in this area over
the past 12 months and now this is our chance to celebrate this."
The Festival will be largely for children and will centre
around a grand procession of children from Spon Gate and St Osburgs schools. The
procession will leave from Upper Spon Street at 12.30pm. The procession will been seen off
by the Deputy Lord Mayor and will be led by Pru Poretta as Lady Godiva.
Attractions will include a funfair, the Crusaders
Basketball team, fetes at Spon Gate School and Koco Nursery and a multicultural event at
the Grapevine Centre.
There will also be events at local pubs including a
fairground, music, bonfire and Beer Festival at the Malt Shovel, music and barbecue at the
Dyers Arms and a disco at the Butts Retreat. At 2pm there will be a history walk around
Spon End led by local historian, Mark Cook.
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Colin Walker Spon End Chair 0411
Theresa Ball 024 76 632123
Mark Cook (history walk) 024 76 225929