Scores of people visited Bradford on Avon last weekend to celebrate the town’s annual vibrant Green Man Festival.

The festival, organised by husband-and-wife Alfie and Jan Windsor, bought visitors to the town to enjoy folk music, Morris dancing and a handmade Jill in the Green sculpture on Saturday, May 11. 

This was the seventh year of the free festival and the organisers have already set a date for next year’s event – Saturday, May 17.  

Alfie said: “This year was our biggest and best so far. It is a great community event and it’s relaxed, pleasant and friendly. People walk around with smiles on their faces and they have a great time, everyone seems to love it so it’s very rewarding.”

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He said the furthest someone had travelled to attend the event on Saturday was Washington D.C.

He continued: “We want everyone to take part and it's great to bring business to the town, there were over 20 venues offering food and drink and 46 dance groups", he added.

“It was particularly nice to have our son Matt and his son Barnaby performing in Jack’s band with us. Three generations of our Wiltshire family together was pretty special.”

The success of the festival comes after organisers reversed a decision to cancel the event after confusion over parking.

The pair said on Thursday, May 2, they had “no alternative” but to cancel the festival because of confusion over the event parking.

Their decision followed a mix-up in booking the Victory Field for event parking for the dancers and  musicians attending.

The field was scheduled to be used on the day of the festival by the Royal United Hospital’s RUHX charity as a rest area for walkers on its Forever Friends Walk for Life along the Kennet & Avon Canal Towpath from Bishops Cannings to Bath.

A message, which has now been removed but was seen by the Times, posted on the festival's website announced the confusion. 

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After meeting with council officers on Thursday, May 2, organisers posted on the website again to say the festival was back on.

At the time a spokesperson for the town council apologised for the confusion.

They said: “After discussions with the organisers this afternoon, we’re happy to say that the Green Man Festival is now back on.

“We’ve been able to find alternative parking in the town so that the event can happen. There will be more information from the organisers soon.

“We’re sincerely sorry for any problems caused by today’s previous cancellation message."