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No. 98 - 31st May 2006
[Bank Holiday Monday in Ross-on-Wye - Meanwhile, 10 miles away in Coleford]
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Bank Holiday Monday in Ross-on-Wye
The Ross-in-Bloom Team worked hard as ever this year to
create something to attract visitors to Ross-on-Wye town
centre on Bank Holiday Monday. A few people held reasonably
successful craft stalls in the market house and, upstairs
in the Heritage Centre there were displays of quilting
and card making.
to complaints from just a few local traders, located in
the vicinity of the Market House however, there were no
belly dancers or other performers to draw people to the
event this year and this is the last similar event for
the foreseeable future. To those traders concerned: your
utter selfishness astounds me! Just look at the bottom
two photos of this series - the views from the Heritage
Centre window at 12:00 noon on Monday last and a view
of the same day back in 2003. I have never seen Ross so
empty on a May Bank Holiday Monday as it was this year.
News would like to thank Mary and the rest of the Ross-in-Bloom
team plus all the other volunteers for their tireless
efforts in trying to make Ross-on-Wye a place worth visiting.
We also feel for Gordon Lucas, whose vintage motorcycle
show, which also attracted many visitors to the town in
previous years, was not able to take place in the Maltings.
We look forward to seeing both Gordon's display and the
belly dancers on Carnival
Day, 5th August.
is not all bad news for Ross-on-Wye and I would like to
point out the Beer and Cider Festival which is coming
up soon at the White
Lion Inn, Wilton. Full details will hopefully
follow next week. I know that the musicians will be: Miln
& James, Jocelyn, Will Killeen, The Cliveden Set,
Andi James and The Accord. I believe there is some pretty
good regular live music at the Riverside
as well these days. Ross-on-Wye's Mayor, Phil Cutter has
also promised to try and organize a musical event at the
bandstand this year. Last year's event, 'Rock-on-Wye'
was brilliant, (photos are still available to view in
gallery) so that is something else to look
Bank Holiday Monday in Ross, 2006
Bank Holiday Monday in Ross, 2003
just 10 miles away in Coleford . . .
The streets were absolutely packed on Bank Holiday Monday,
with at least a thousand people turning out to support the
town's annual festival by listening to music and purchasing
goods from the many stalls and open shops on the day. The
photos here were taken a little over half an hour after
the one of Ross - the time it took me to drive there and
find somewhere to park.
of the stall holders, who used to trade at Ross Market recognized
me whilst I was here and called me over. He was overjoyed
about his day's trading on Sunday. 'One of my best ever,'
am not sure who the performing musician (left) is but he
was certainly keeping his audience entertained. He was part
of a group of three musicians performing a kind of folk
music with drums, which I would highly suspect was not traditional
to the Forest of Dean. It sounded great!
think perhaps there is a lesson to be learned here by the
few traders in Ross located around the market house.
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