LOCAL jazz group, The Water Gypsies, are to play at the end of the annual town gathering in Bradford on Avon on Thursday, May 17.

The Water Gypsies are a new gypsy jazz band, living and travelling aboard traditional narrow boats on the Kennet & Avon Canal.

Born out of a chance meeting at a canal-side gypsy jazz jam in Bradford on Avon, they play the music of Django Reinhardt in their own joyful and exuberant style.

The event takes place at St Margaret’s Hall, from 6pm to 10pm, and will include presentations on two community projects, a bar and live music from The Water Gypsies.

Council leader, Cllr Dominic Newton said: “This year, the council have invited groups that have received funding over the last year to come and tell the town about the work they have been doing and residents will be able to learn about the fantastic community groups that operate in the town.

“We’ll also hear from outgoing Mayor Cllr David Garwood, reflecting on his year in office and the achievements of the council over the last year.”

Cllr Newton will also be outlining details of new policy initiatives for the coming year following a restructuring of some committees to reduce their number from seven to five.

These could include the council’s new Youth Service policy and an outline of the services the town hopes to have transferred from Wiltshire Council.

Residents will also have a chance to have their say and to put questions to the council, which is headed by the new mayor and council chairman, Cllr Alex Kay.