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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 209 - Wednesday, 30th July 2008
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Page 1 [WNTV NEWS - Fun at Rowing Club - Little Sister - Garden Party - Shopmobility - On Patrol - In Bloom - Letters]
Page 2 [2,000 people enjoy Jamstand 2008!]
Page 3 [Jamstand 2008 Special Part 2 - ATM Cloning Warning]

Page 4

[Jamstand 2008 Special Part 3 - County Waste Collections - Flood Damage Funding]
Page 5 [Jamstand 2008 Special Part 4 - Wireless Herefordshire - Woman Injured - Assault - Weather]
2000 People Enjoy 'JAMSTAND 2008'

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.

Deciding 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.

The 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 all around!

Being 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.

All 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.

You 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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Russell Downes soon grabs the attention of the audience. Ref: DSC_5386

Some of the audience by the second stage. Ref: DSC_5390

Lee Clement joins Bekki and Shaun in one of their songs. Ref: DSC_5399

Switch were absolutely brilliant. Ref: DSC_5392

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A very happy Jack Baldus and friend. Ref: DSC_5396

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We Do Kung Fu went down really well. Ref: DSC_5441

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