Sun shines on Llanrumney Festival

This is a blogpost which I originally wrote for the Guardian Cardiff blog here

Sun shines on Llanrumney Festival

Guest blogger Keith Phillip Jones reports on the day’s events and ponders the uncertain future for the venue

The Llanrumney Festival site on the Rumney Recreation Ground. Photo: KP Jones

The weekend saw large numbers of festival goers gather under the blazing sun at the Rumney Recreation Ground for music, fairground rides, sport and community celebration.

By the time that Linda Bartlett, Chair of the Llanrumney Community Forum, opened the festival on Saturday morning, people of all generations were already streaming onto the site. Festival goers made their way to the Eastern Leisure Centre for the fairground, a myriad of stalls and to secure a place under the shade of the parkland’s trees.

The highest profile attendee of the weekend was the popular local MP Alun Michael – the former First Secretary of Wales, was recently re-elected to parliament for the sixth time to represent the people of Llanrumney within the constituency of Cardiff South and Penarth. The always sartorially immaculate Alun Michael, to the delight of festival goers, wore a ‘Save Rumney Rec’ campaign t-shirt as he toured the festival site.

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