Old Town Festival 2020 theme announced - but could you help make it even bigger and better next year?

By Jamie Hill - 11 October 2019

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• The Old Town Festival 2020 will be a themed VE Day celebration marking 75 years since the end of World War Two
• The Festival will run from 6 June 2020 – 13 June 2020
• The Festival is calling for volunteers, re-enactment organisations and those who would like to host a stall, to make this year an even bigger success

As the Old Town Festival returns for its 29th year in June 2020, it will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of hostilities in Europe during the Second World War with a VE Day Theme. This is not the first time the Old Town Festival has been themed, with previous festivals drawing on an Elizabethan theme.

VE Day, which stands for Victory in Europe Day, commemorates the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe. Next year sees the 75th anniversary of this celebration as the first VE Day was celebrated on the 8th May 1945. The Old Town Festival will be continuing the celebrations with a VE Day Theme for the Festival running from the 6th – 13th June 2020.

Thomas Craigie, Chair of the Old Town Festival Committee said; “I’m really excited to take the reins as Chair of the Old Town Festival Committee as we start planning our 2020 Festival. This will be the 29th year of the Old Town Festival, an event which attracts thousands of people from right across our region to celebrate the very best of our community. The event is run by volunteers and we would love your support to make next year even bigger and better as we incorporate a VE Day theme for the Festival. So save the dates, and get in contact if you can lend a hand.”

The 2019 Festival attracted over 17,000 visitors from the local area. The festival kicked off in style with the Parade through Wood Street, the Lawns family fun day and culminated in the Bowl Concert.

The Old Town Festival isn’t just about bringing the community together and showcasing the very best of what our area has to offer, but it also raises funds for its Charity of the Year – this summer it was Wiltshire Search and Rescue.

Almost £1,400 was raised for the charity by generous festival goers and during the fringe events, helping the charity with its vital work. The application process for the selection of the Festival’s 2020 Charity of the Year will start of the next few months – so keep an eye on the Festival’s Facebook Page and Website for further details.

The Old Town Festival is organised for the community by the community by local volunteers and planning is already taking place for next year’s event – could you help next year? If so please get in touch with the Old Town Festival via swindonoldtownfestival@gmail.com. With the VE Day Theme, the Festival is also calling on relevant acts, re-enactment organisations, those with memorabilia display and those with themed stalls to also get in touch.

Keep up to date with the latest news via the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/OldTownFestivalSwindon/.

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