Stratford on Avon’s first River Festival for thirty years was a huge hit today in the scorching sunshine. It was great to meet the good folk from the Avon Navigation Trust, including Clive Matthews, which will unite the Lower Avon Navigation Trust and the Upper Navigation Trust. I was personally thrilled to be shown round by Councillor Trevor Honeychurch, one of the organisers, and to meet so many people who wanted to vote for me in the General Election, which is expected next year.
The festival happened on the Rec ground — the large, green space on the south bank of the Avon, opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre — which was one of the key battlegrounds in last year’s district council elections. Councillor Honeychurch made defending the Rec a key plank in his campaign, and voters responded by electing him.