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Smell of success for Newent Onion festival
5:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
THOUSANDS packed the streets of Newent for the town’s annual onion fayre.
The show, which dates back to the 13th century, saw the town centre transformed into a sea of stalls, fairground rides and attractions. It is traditionally held to mark the first day of harvest at the end of the summer.
“The atmosphere was exactly as it should be,” said the show’s vice-chairman, Andy Offord.
“We were very lucky with the weather, too. Setting up on Friday it was chucking it down but on the day it was fantastic. We had more stalls than ever.
“Visitor numbers were slightly down on last year, which was one of the only sunny days of the summer, but 20 per cent up on 2011. It was a great day.”
The annual show results in the whole of the town centre closed to traffic and filled with stalls selling everything from jewellery to pottery. Fairground rides and a tribute to the Wurzels also kept the crowds entertained. “I only managed to get about three hours’ sleep on Friday but it was worth it,” said Mr Offord.
“When we were taking everything down, we were already discussing next year.”
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