Tune in to pub crawl
5:30am Friday 1st August 2014 in By Elizabeth Mackley
HUNDREDS of people packed out pubs in the second part of this year’s popular Stratton Festival, the Stratton Stroll.
Six of the area’s most popular pubs – the Kingsdown Arms, The Crown, The New Inn, the Grange Bar at Grange Leisure Centre, the Wheatsheaf and the Rat Trap – were crammed with people wanting to make the most of the pub crawl.
Between noon and 11pm dozens of musicians entertained the revellers as they wandered from venue to venue to catch the music.
Alan Holmes, who owns Holmes Music and helped organise the musical events, said he was pleased with how the day went.
He said: “All of them were packed out and in the Rat Trap there were around 300 to 400 people.
“Marc, the landlord at the Rat Trap was brilliant. He put on a hog roast and had a marquee and a stage which was great. All in all it was really good.”
Headliners included Missin Rosie at the Kingsdown Arms, Benji Clements at The Crown, Faye Rogers at the New Inn and Kova Me Badd at the Rat Trap.
Other acts included Andrew Paul Davies, Aural Candy, Aidan Page, The Automaniacs, Charlie-Anne, Ethemia, Jack Moore, Acoustic Junkies, Elis & Southern Wild, Gilmore N Jazz, Imperial G Men, The Racket, Simon Hall, I Am The Sea, I Never Learnt Russian, Who Cares, Al O’Kane, Ali Finneran, and British Harlem.
The Stratton Stroll was organised by Stratton St Margaret Parish Council as another way of bringing the community together and celebrating the area.
Council chairman John Foley said it was another successful year for the Stratton Stroll.
He said: “Without the tireless hard work of our local landlords and their staff the success of this free music event simply would not be possible. Our thanks go out to them and local businesses like Holmes Music for supporting Stratton Stroll this year. The talented musicians we had play our event this year exceeded all our expectations – thank you one and all."
As in other years, the Stratton Festival Ale was one of the more popular beverages after being specially brewed by Arkells Brewery. It marked the end of another successful festival season in Stratton, where hundreds took part in the festivities despite the unreliable weather.
On July 19, Grange Leisure was packed with people who had turned out to enjoy the stalls and activities on offer at the Stratton Festival.