Sun shines on Holt Music Festival

‘Woody’ sings blues and folk songs in the acoustic section

‘Woody’ sings blues and folk songs in the acoustic section

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Villagers dubbed the 19th annual Holt Music Festival as the “miracle of Holt” on Saturday as it managed to avoid the torrential downpours predicted.

Crowds of around 500 people gathered around the 15 stalls selling plants, handmade jewellery and soap to raise money for the maintenance of Holt Village Hall.

The ever popular Punch and Judy, smash the crockery and bottle tombola were also on offer and Holt Morris Men were celebrating their 25th anniversary with two dance sessions.

Bands from across Wiltshire and Somerset performed in the evening as well as musicians taking part in the four hour afternoon acoustic session.

Organiser Louise Evans and a team of volunteers set up on Friday to avoid the damp forecast that was predicted.

She said: “There was one downpour around 11am on the morning but the sun started to appear and the rest of the day was glorious.

“Someone said it was the ‘Miracle of Holt’ that we missed the weather. It was such a success and we couldn’t have done it without the support of local businesses and the volunteers.”

The licencees at The Old Ham Tree pub worked behind the bar, The Tollgate Inn served homemade burgers and Sam’s Kitchen provided roast pork, falafels and salad. Beer from Box Steam Brewery was sold and Holt WI ran the vintage tea tent.

Mrs Evans said: “Why would you not put on a festival when you have all these local resources? Holt is a sociable village. The appeal of this is there is something for everyone.

“The hall is in really good condition because the committee work really hard to maintain it. It is used by a lot of groups and everybody benefits.”

Three electric bands, including Melksham-based Broken Silence, completed the evening music session, which ran on until 11.30pm.

Music co-ordinator for the festival, Rob Dady, said: “It is vital the community has its role in the village. This festival promotes local and original talent and provides them with a platform.

“The acts were really well appreciated and we were discussing what to do for next year as we were dismantling equipment the next day.”

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