Well I did find it and it didn’t take too much hunting either!
There was lots of bunting all around the town and it wasn’t looking too worse for wear despite the showers. If you look closely at the photo of the bridge you will see a couple of little ducks attached to the railing. There had been more when they were attached on Friday but sadly it appears as though someone had taken a liking to them and taken them home.
After I met the boys at swimming we walked into town and spotted all the bunting along the way. Then we went for lunch at their favourite cafe (favourite because it does the best hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows on top). We sat next to a window and could hear the music and see the displays of dancing taking part outside.
Some of the dance groups work incredibly hard all afternoon doing displays at different sites in the town, then taking part in the parade and finishing with a big display of dancing in the park with all of the different groups taking part. Some of them wear clogs which must make dancing more difficult partly because they are heavy but also because they don’t grip so well. Maybe it was because the ground was wet too but we did witness a couple of people fall whilst dancing… they got up and carried on like troupers with nothing injured but their pride and perhaps a bruised bum.
I think the festival suffered a bit from the weather this year, as there were less dance groups taking part and less spectators too. It’s a shame you can’t book the weather in advance. We didn’t get too wet though. There were short showers during the afternoon but they were over very quickly, some of them hardly starting. There is much more to the festival than the dancing and the parade, with a variety of music and dance workshops and events happening all over the town throughout the weekend. Perhaps we will get to some other parts of it another time.