Crowds swing by as sun brings out Mantonfest revellers
7:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014 in By Anna Mauremootoo, Senior reporter for Marlborough and Pewsey
Mantonfest proved to be another crowd pleaser for hundreds of visitors enjoying a day of music in the sun.
The charity event is now in its third year and between 800 and 1,000 revellers turned up at Manton Grange Watermeadow, in Preshute Lane, for the family-friendly event.
Headlining the festival were 1960s chart-toppers the Swinging Blue Jeans who had young and old alike up on their feet and dancing.
Chairman Roger Grant said: “It was heaving. It was a very nice family affair, with lots of children running around and enjoying themselves.
“The weather was favourable and we even had a stall selling tea in china cups, which is quite unusual for a festival.”
The event was organised by the Manton Village Hall committee, to raise money for the building and to support St John Ambulance.
There were familiar faces with returning acts including Sked-addle, Straight Six and Mother’s Jam alongside newcomers.
Newquay Times, Imperial G-Men and Dodgy Jammers went down particularly well with the festival audience.
Mr Grant said: “We were worried that we might have to cancel it, because ticket sales were low, but then there was just a sudden surge.
“This is the last year that Ken and Jilly Carter of Manton Grange will be supporting us, but they have been great over the years and we’re hopeful that the new owners will let us use the land.”
This was the first year the event had taken place over two days, with a number of artists performing at the Outside Chance on Friday.
Mr Grant, who is already planning next year’s festival, said: “We are gradually getting bigger and better and we plan the next Mantonfest to be held on July 4, 2015.
“We thank everybody for their support and hope to see them again next year.”
Quoting the comments of one of the appreciative revellers, added: “It was like a mini Glastonbury, without the mud.”