I have to say, the weather was dire, and I didn’t arrive until late, but there was much to like about the Brownhills Canal Festival today. I don’t know if it was the poor weather or what, but there seemed a tad more atmosphere to it than usual, and I did genuinely enjoy pottering around. But crowds were thin and I felt sorry for those who turned up to display, perform or meet the public on behalf of their clubs, societies or charities.
It’s no fun standing for hours in the rain.
Everything I said yesterday about the Town Festival still applies, and I feel more strongly that it’s right now; the events would have been better together, on the same day. Publicity needs to improve – there’s a thread on Facebook which is very telling and a bit sad, really. The canal festival hasn’t ever seemed to encompass the rest of town, and there didn’t seem to be any of the High Street traders present at all. This hasn’t really changed for years, though.
Tesco, as usual, just ignored it.
It’s great to see Brownhills out, together, and we as a community need more of this. I know how hard it is to stage this stuff, but I’d really like to see all the groups join up and do something unified for once. It might even spread the load a bit.
Thanks to David Evans, who took time out to brave the rain and take some great pictures, too.