TAMWORTH’S Castle Grounds came alive on Saturday (August 22) with thousands of people enjoying a packed programme of family activities as part of a record-breaking We Love Tamworth event.
A bumper crowd of 10,000 people attended this year’s day-long extravaganza – just beating last year’s attendance figure of 9,500.
The weather held out until festivities ended at 4pm, giving people several hours in which to enjoy a range of fun activities for the whole family.
Highlights included fairground rides, a dog show, assault course, Tamworth’s strongest man competition, demonstrations from various groups and organisations and more than 70 stalls.
The dedicated Children’s Zone – complete with mini zoo, walkabout characters, glitter tattoos, bouncy castles, inflatable slides, junior Gladiators, balloon modelling and more – attracted some 600 fun-seeking youngsters; double last year’s figure of 300.
Musical accompaniment was provided throughout the day by Amington Band, alongside live broadcasts from TCR FM.
More than 50 people from across the UK took part in the strongest man competition, which saw contestants competing in events including dead-lifting weights up to 250kg, tug of war, pain loading and torpedo farmers.
Drew Harper was crowned Tamworth’s strongest man in the Level 3 category, while Oli Cadogan was top in Level 2 and Dawid Waszkiewicz took the Level 1 title.
Tamworth Spartans Volleyball Club team carried out demonstrations and games, while the police and fire services joined forces to engage with teenagers with a giant inflatable assault course and fun football coaching.
Festival-goers shared their fun experiences of the We Love Tamworth extravaganza on social media.
Vicky Reyhandali said: “Was a great day, my kids had loads of fun.”
Anna Lawrence said: “We had an excellent time; my little boy is thoroughly worn out. A brilliant day out.”
We had a great day,” Gemma Deakin said, while Lee Kirk added: “My kids loved bashing the Minions on the bumper cars.”
The event also provided the opportunity for various clubs and organisations to promote their work and attract new members in the busy stalls arena run by Tamworth Lions Club. These included Tamworth Arts Club, Tamworth Lions Club, Tamworth Talking Newspaper, Tamworth Guides, the Rotary, Round Table, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Community Together, Two Rivers Special School and the Friends of Tamworth Castle.
Geoff Trevena of Tamworth Lions said: “We believe this was our best event yet. We ended up with over 70 spaces sold and we have received both verbal and written thanks for a fantastic day with a good atmosphere.
“Tamworth Lions will have raised over £2,000 from the event which will be used to support good causes, mostly locally, so we are very thankful to the people of Tamworth for supporting us and the exhibitors on the day.”
Tamworth Borough Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Rob Pritchard, said: “What a fantastic day yet again. We are delighted that more people than ever took part in We Love Tamworth. This is what it’s all about; promoting and celebrating all the great things Tamworth has to offer in the beautiful setting of the Castle Grounds.
“It seems that those who came along really enjoyed themselves, which means that all the hard work by the Arts and Events team has certainly paid off. I’m already excited to see what next year’s event has in store.”
We Love Tamworth is sponsored by Ankerside Shopping Centre. More information about this, and all other outdoor events organised by Tamworth Borough Council, is available at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk.