WHAT MANY don’t see behind the scenes is the political battle to get something like T Fest on. Perhaps battle is the wrong word as both Labour and Tory councillors have worked together to keep T Fest going.
Thousand upon thousand of people enjoyed the music, the dance, the rides and the fun over the weekend.
The rain stayed away and the crowds simply stayed for hour upon hour of quality entertainment.
From Jamie “Afro” Archer to the Tip Top Dance School; and Mackley Drive to The Broom Busters … and Jean Martin — the main stage was jammed throughout the 20 hours of entertainment.
Then, at Kilvert’s Field, fans of Titan the Robot and fun-fair crowds were kept entertained.
An estimated 6,000 people visited T-Fest of Saturday (23 July) and thousands more descended on the area on Sunday.
Lynn Worrall, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for culture, said: “T-Fest is unique — a free show for and by Thurrock people with some national and international acts too.
“It gives Thurrock’s up-and-coming hopefuls the chance to share the same stage as well-known names while at the same time giving dozens of local organisations access top a mass audience they wouldn’t normally see.
“I’m really pleased we’ve been able to stage this two-day extravaganza this year with all the economic problems local authorities are facing.
“This hasn’t cost the council a penny so we all owe a great debt of gratitude to each and every one of the sponsors.
“On top of that, everyone who attended T-Fest at the weekend should shout a massive thank-you to the dozens of volunteers. They were on site long before the crowds and artists arrived and long after everyone else had gone home.
“Without the sponsors and the volunteers, the event would not have been possible.”
Sponsors: Weston Homes, Redrow Homes, Petroplus, South Essex College, Family Mosaic, Runwood Homes, Econogas, Essex and Suffolk Water, Tilbury Power Station, Waste Recycling Group.