Ore Valley hosts first festival fun

Brooke Gallaher, Rebecca Pallocchia and PCSO Jill Croft outside the children's centre in Chiltern Drive.
Brooke Gallaher, Rebecca Pallocchia and PCSO Jill Croft outside the children's centre in Chiltern Drive.

ORE Valley was filled with a buzzing party atmosphere when hundreds turned out for the area’s first ever festival.

Community hubs across the valley opened their doors to host a talent contest, football competition and a 75-foot inflatable assault course.

And Claire Power, chairman of the Ore Valley Forum, said the festival, on Saturday (August 20) had been a resounding success and would return next year.

“So many people turned up, and after a slightly slow start it really came alive,” she said. “I think the talent contest drew a lot of locals in.” She added that her personal favourite stall was the cream teas.

Deputy mayor Alan Roberts toured the attractions, which included a spray-painting workshop by Robertson Street gang Inspire Artworks on the Farley Bank football field, and a puppet show in Halton Baptist Church, Old London Road.

Representatives from the borough council and local police and fire crews were on hand to offer advice, and members of Brighton and Hove Albion football club, known as the Seagulls, came down to teach youngsters a trick or two.

Housing association Amicus Horizon helped co-ordinate activities in the largely residential valley. Those hosting events included the East Hastings Children’s Centre, the Bridge Community Centre, Broomgrove Community Centre and Maplehurst Nursery.

Pictures by Tony Coombes Photography