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Weather hits charity Festival

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 05, 2007

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ORGANISERS of the Strawberry Moon charity festival have hailed the event as a success despite bad weather.

Tina Ball, co-ordinator of the Rural Education and Arts Project (REAP) said conditions did not dampen the spirits of the festival-goers.

However, the weather put many ticket holders off attending the Tittesworth Reservoir event.

Although the weekend festival did not manage to break even with costs, Tina claims the publicity gained was "worth its weight in gold".

Members of the public were treated to participatory workshops, demonstrations and live performances in dance, live music and visual arts, with several rural crafts and textiles stands.

Tina said: "The weather was a real challenge but the feedback was all positive. This was the first times we've had a Tittesworth festival and we will be discussing the possibility of making it an annual event."

REAP say the charity aims to address rural isolation and social exclusion by providing opportunities for rural regeneration.

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