Thurrock came together as one over the weekend as T-Fest 10 brought thousands of local people to Grays Beach Riverside Park.
The two-day event proved a huge success with unofficial estimates putting audiences over both days topping 16,000!
Congratulations has to go out to all those who organised the event. The Thurrock councillors led by Chair of the Steering Committee, Cllr Barry Johnson have dedicated so much time to the project. New Portfolio Holder for Culture, Cllr Lyn Worrall has been a breath of fresh air for all the cultural projects in the borough.
They were there for the whole of the two days as were many of their colleagues.
The T-Fest team led by council officer Samson D’Alyn were magnificent. Not only in the smooth running of the event but the vital command and control of getting an air ambulance helicopter to land in the middle of the festival.
We think the T-Fest team have tapped into what the public want to see. Yes, we are sure there is room to improve but Glastonbury wasn’t built in a day!
It was great to walk around and chat to our friends at Transformation Thurrock; follow Lata from artifact with her performance litter walk; once again enjoy the great curried goat; see Jimbo!; it was all very mellow.
A special shout out goes to the police. Ch Insp Paul Moor and his team set the tone. Two hot days, alcohol can be a challenging combination but they policed with assurance and authority.
As they say, “If you build it, they will come”. Well done and we look forward to T-Fest 2011!!