Chairman's joy at sell-out Stainsby Festival

Stainsby Festival's 50th celebration has been hailed a great success by its chairman.

Tony Trafford said: "I'm very happy to say that the festival sold out.

Stainsby Festival chairman Tony Trafford (in yellow jacket) at the 50th birthday celebration.

Stainsby Festival chairman Tony Trafford (in yellow jacket) at the 50th birthday celebration.

"There were many highlights. The Spitfire flypasts were a terrific way of celebrating 50 festivals. The weather for the flypast was perfect - great view.

"And the birthday cake celebration was fantastic - the cake even went round everyone which was my biggest worry (and David Carter's, who baked it).

"On the music front Dizraeli was great, so too George Borowski and Loscoe State Opera was a very emotional set with their final gig - going out on a high. If there was one moment that pleased me the most it was listening to Fred T. Baker's late-night set on Friday night - absolutely superb."

The audience turned up in droves for the opening ceremony on Friday night, singing during a torrential downpour. But despite the soaking, the fields still remained parched which meant that the traditional burning of a wicker sculpture didn't go ahead. Tony said: "With bone dry crops and straw everywhere, it just wasn't safe. We'd already decided before the set-up that building a willow figure wasn't on because you can't build one and not burn it."

On the subject of plans for the HS2 high-speed rail link, Tony said: "The railway will run very close to the site and the noise disturbance could be immense. At the festival we will be fighting for our very future."

If the phase 2 of the HS2 plan, which would cover Stainsby, gets the green light, the line will be finished around 2032 and 2033.

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