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9th September 2009 SUNDAY AT ROSS-ON-WYE CIDER FESTIVAL 2009
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The popular Farmers and Crafts Market took place at Broome Farm on Sunday and there was a great range of wares available for visitors to choose from. Most stall holders seemed to have enjoyed a good day's trading. Pat Brown of the Bridstow Spinners gave us a demonstration of her craft, spinning fleece into yarn, and all of the beautiful knitted goods on her stall were made from the home spun wool.

Gloria Neale's stall was laden with her beautiful hand made jewellery and pottery and on another stall, there were some rather interesting T-shirts for sale. Organically grown fruit and vegetables were available and Toby Lovell did a roaring trade with his home produced pork. One of the items that we were most surprised to see was a beautiful gazebo created by Monica Lovell. After being inspired by a friend's use of Moroccan tents at their wedding, Monica decided to design her own and has since made some for other people.

As with Friday and Saturday, live music was performed throughout the day and the first up to entertain visitors were Detlef and his partner, Bjirde from Germany, who sang some beautiful songs, including the Skye Boat Song. Last year, Detlef accompanied Clementine Lovell when she sang 'Matty Groves.' It was good to meet Detlef again and to be introduced to Bjirde, who has a beautiful voice.

When Detlef and Bjirde finished their performance, our friends from Essex, Steve O'Kane and Fiona McBain took the floor and performed some of Steve's original material, as well as one or two covers. They were very well received and really enjoyed the whole Broome Farm experience. Jim Neale gave a solo performance of some well known folk numbers and many other talented artistes took to the stage. Sadly, we could not stay to the very end of the festival and said our goodbye's to our many friends at the farm.

Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this year's festival the wonderful success that it was. Hilary and John and the team for the fantastic food, Mike, Phil, Cindy, Rich, Sophie, Kate, Gary, Di, Henry, Gabe, Chris and Annika. . . . . the list is endless, but thank you all. We are looking forward to next year's event already.

2009 ROSS CIDER FESTIVAL VIDEO PLAYER


Bjirde and Detlef - folk singers from Germany.

From Essex, our friends Steve O'Kane and Fiona McBain..

From Holland, friends Chris and Annika.

Steve and Fiona.

Pat Brown of Bridstow Spinners.

A beautiful gazebo made by Monica Lovell.

Pat busy spinning.

Gloria Neal on her jewellery stall.

We took our holiday in Peterstow, camping in the orchard for the festival weekend.

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