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Pershore celebrates climax of plum festival
PERSHORE was bursting with fruity fun this weekend as thousands of visitors celebrated the final days of the town’s annual Plum Festival.
Bank Holiday Monday marked the end of the month long event and the festival went out with a bang.
More than 600 classic cars filled the Abbey Grounds as people from far and wide drove their beloved automobiles to the show.
Miles Bickford drove his Buick Century from Coven in Staffordshire.
He said: “It is a lovely show, we have been doing it for about five years. It has got so popular it could become over subscribed, but all the money is going towards the up keep of the Abbey, which is great.”
Car enthusiasts Simon Dyke, from Dudley and John Morris, of Stretton on Dunsmore, came along in a TVR Subaru.
“This is the first time we have been to this show,” said Mr Dyke. “I think it is absolutely brilliant. We only heard about it yesterday.
“We were told it was to do with the plum festival and I thought what is that. But we are really impressed.”
The infamous teddy bear parachute jump and zip wire took place at Pershore Abbey and children watched in delight as their bears made a leap of faith.
Sarah Watkins, of Badsey, watched with her nine-year-old son Finn.
He said: “We used a tea towel for our parachute. Alistair bear is very heavy so he came down like a bullet. I enjoyed watching him. I love all the old cars as well and we have seen the jazz choir in the baptist church.”
Steward Philip Hughes, of Pershore, was helping to catch the bears. He said: ”I have stewarded for seven years now. I am also catching the bears so they go to the right people.
“The festival is growing every year. It is going really well, the cars began seven years ago and there was only six. Now there are more than 600.”
Throughout the town there were stalls selling delicious treats and goodies, with many also raising money for charities.
Also on the Abbey grounds was a fun fair and entertainment provided by local talent.
Val Wood, one of the festival organisers, said they were pleased with the festival.
“It has been going really well. It improves every year and we have got people from all over the country here. Some of those I have spoken to came especially for the festival. It has been a great success.”
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