When local musician, Jack Baldus decided to arrange a concert
last year - something nice for the people of Ross in the
form of 'Jamstand 2007', arrangements were not finalized
until two weeks before the event took place. Advertising
the event on 'Wyenot News' during those two weeks brought
something like 200 people along, to what was a terrific
day of music.
to do the same again in 2008, Jack managed to get a date
for the event finalized a lot further in advance and since
Saturday, 26th July was chosen, 'Wyenot' has advertised
'Jamstand 2008' every week in the news and on the 'What's
On?' page. Around 2,000 people turned up for the day of
music as a result - far more than were anticipated.
event was simply spectacular, benefiting two types of person...
For the happy music lover, the local trades folk and those
who generally enjoy having fun occasionally, it brought
just that - a day of fun, entertainment and profit. For
the local griper, it brought something really big for them
to gripe about. So there you go. It was a fantastic success
serious though, the event was not without its problems,
such as lack of toilet facilities for the unexpectedly large
gathering, putting hundreds of female bladders at risk of
bursting and creating a lake behind the gents. Litter being
left behind by visitors to the event also caused a monster
problem, which had to be solved before the following day's
usual Sunday visitors arrived.
in all though, 20 year old Jack Baldus and his friends did
a superb job - putting together what must be a record breaking,
successful event for the people of Ross-on-Wye. All comments
I have received (excepting one on the day from a woman whose
bladder was about to go supernova) describe how much everybody
there enjoyed the day. If you watch this week's WNTV Programme
you will see - the enjoyment factor speaks for itself.
did a brilliant job, Jack and friends! I know there were
a few teething problems and a few fallings out along the
way - I kind of unexpectedly got caught in the middle on
Friday and could see that both sides were trying to do their
best for everybody. I sincerely hope that nothing occurred
which cannot be resolved. Differences of opinion really
need to be ironed out for next year as all involved are
trying their best to support Ross as a whole. With more
organizational help and experience gained, next year's event
could be even bigger and even better. There is little
doubt, Jack. You have provided what Ross has needed for
a very long time - a great music festival with an appeal
for the majority - not just the elite!
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