Again, great colour and the simple pleasure of watching the dancing.
Bumped into some animal lovers too.
Fuller res. photos available.
Previous years – 2018 – 2017 prep, parade, spectators and birds – 2016 day 1 & day 2 – 2015 – 2014 – 2013 Merlita, tall pictures, wider pictures
The Festival continues to be popular with perhaps 160,000 and more visitors over the 3 days.
Fireworks remain very popular.
There was a stabbing on Friday night – best understanding is that this was between 2 people who know each other and not a random event.
Forest being drawn at home on the Saturday evening may have been a mixed blessing; some Forest fans park vehicles worth £30,000 in Meadows streets to avoid using a managed car park to save £7.
Meanwhile, the paddling pool re-opened on the Saturday.
One of the two pumps had failed, and the remaining pump could not carry the load. We’d been hoping to replace the pumps, in use since the fifties, as part of a major renewal of the site, in a few years time. But the pumps didn’t make it. We know how people enjoy the paddling, and that it’s the last such provision in the city, so we intend to keep paddling.
Having received support from the Heritage Lottery to bid. for significant money for a project to restore The Memorial and the Gardens and to run a historical project, Nottingham City Council ran a consultation event ion The Meadows to seek feedback on presentations showing a range of detailed points about what the council seeks to restore and improve.
The bandstand is due 1 more day of finishing works, and an inspection before being re-opened for full use.
Coats of paint on the interior of the stage area are still outstanding.
The Paddling Pool is still awaiting delivery of the ordered new pumps. Installation will further require matching a metric pump against imperial pipes. Hoping to be done in this current week, but don’t know.
Located in the Memorial Gardens, on Victoria Embankment.
The river was high and flowing fast, so the swimming leg was replaced by running, for fear of the risk that logs etc. in the river might not be spotted and hit the competitors.
Attendance was lower because of the unpleasant weather.
Captured one strange incident when the 3rd leg German ran into the French runner.
Queens Walk Rec – the half muga is to be removed week commencing March 4th and external funding confirmed for a multi-use games area and for a keep fit sports equipment, with works to start week commencing March 18th.
Arkwright Walk Green – £9k of s106 money to finance a half-muga and a goal is secured.
The bandstand has been equipped to be able to support better events and will be opened in April.
The rails that allow the doors to slide needed more works than anticipated and the late discovery meant the weather was too damp once the rendering of the ceiling over the stage was scheduled to be done.
Memorial works – the Roll of Honour memorial will be opened in late June. Construction of the foundations has begun.
Memorial Gardens – submission for up to £1m from Heritage Lottery Fund for renewal of Memorial and its Gardens has been approved by HLF approved for a fuller submission.
Paddling pool renewal – are worried that the fundamental fabric of the existing pool will fail and it will need a complete re-instatement; the first “blue sky” ideas are being worked on for perhaps 5 years time with perhaps a budget of £1 million – scope to do lots of new stuff, but keeping paddling on the Victoria Embankment Pavilions.
The city council wants the cricket pavilion to be used during the football season.
Having sought to adopt a local football club as a partner for using the cricket pavilion for football in the winter, we decided just to rent out the pavilion this winter, and after holding discussions with at least 3 clubs, were surprised when none of them took up the offer. New efforts are being made.
Flappable traffic regulation order signs are still to be implemented along traffic routes around the Victoria Embankment when events or on.