Festival Finishes with a flourish

Bank Holiday Monday saw the end of the biggest Pershore Plum Festival to date, in an event that will be truly remembered for it’s exception size, ambience and happiness. An estimated 25,000 visitors descended to Pershore to see just why the fruit celebration event has won back to back ‘Best Festival and Event’ awards for Worcestershire.

In a glorious day, visitors were greeted to one of the largest classic car shows in the Country, a fine selection of entertainment, a magnitude of varying exhibitors, and of course a wonderfully large crop of plums.

The latter was a great relief after initial concerns at the start of the month following the hard Winter previous, but so was the excitement of the visitors that many stockists had to rush to present more plums to sell to the hungry public.

Festival Chairman Angela Tidmarsh commented:

“On behalf of the Pershore Plum Festival,all the supporting businesses, sponsors and entertainers say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who supported this years  event  when we welcomed visitors from all over the World .

The weather was kind to us and Pershore experienced its’ best Plum Festival yet.  Early indications show that approx 25,000 people visited the town (beating all previous records) to sample the local plums and plum products and with all the comments we’ve received the Committee is confident  our visitors  had the best time ever, and they will return to the town in the coming weeks and months!

The Classic car show surpassed all expectations with over 1100 Classic and vintage cars attending – this must make the Plum Festival one of the largest classic car shows in the Country.

A record number of shops opened this year and the purple shop window display was the best on record.  Almost every shop in the High Street and Retail Market made the effort to make their window purple and we thank them all for their incredible efforts to be such an important aspect of this event.

Special thanks must go to the hardworking voluntary committee – a relatively small group of people who work tirelessly throughout the year to make sure  Pershore can enjoy this purple spectacle

To our lovely Princess, 9 year old Mia Brotherton and her attendants  8 year old Bryony Boulton and 10 year old Amelia Burgess

To our unique Plum Charmer and Prunella – the every popular Pershore Purple Plum

To our special celebrity guests, especially our new Patron, Alistair McGowan who came to visit earlier in the month.    Antiques Roadshow expert Henry Sandon  and Trevor Harrison who plays Eddie Grundy in the Radio 4 series The Archers

Monday 26th August 2013 was a day that will go down as one of the happiest (and most purple) in Pershores’ event history – so many people made this day happen and made it the success it was  – I thank each and every one of them.

Now – we look forward to welcoming you back to Pershore next year.  Put the date in your diary “August 2014” – the plum time to visit !

Don’t forget   Think Pershore, Think Purple, Think Plums!”

 

The hard work for the festival committee doesn’t stop here though. As previously mentioned, this time of year sees various businesses and events compete for the regional awards.

The Pershore Plum Festival is trying to bag an unprecedented successive hat-trick of awards. We would really appreciate your help in telling us just what you thought of the festival – whether you visited on the fayre day, or one of the other events we held throughout the month. Please click here to let us know your views. It’s only a short questionnaire, so won’t take you long

All that’s left to be said for now is thank you. Your support helps create a wonderful event and gives us the springboard to try and make it better year on year. Before too long plans will be underway for 2014, so keep checking back in 2014 to hear breaking news first.

 

Many thanks
The Plum Festival Committee.

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