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Thousands flock to Mumbles Marvellous Weekend

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

  • Margaret Meehan and Gill Broomhead braved the rain to enjoy the festivities.

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WHAT a weekend! What a marvellous weekend in fact.

Thousands of people flocked to the Swansea Bay beauty spot for the highly-awaited Mumbles Marvellous Weekend.

The rain may not have stayed away, but the wet weather didn't dampen spirits at Oystermouth Castle.

On Friday special guests tucked into a glass of prosecco and nibbles before speeches were heard by the new Lord Mayor of Swansea, Ceinwen Thomas, and cabinet member for regeneration Nick Bradley.

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Dance group Samba Tawe also generated extra atmosphere from the castle's keep, before a procession into the grounds.

Then on Saturday scores of visitors enjoyed a day of authors, readings and poetry — all with a Dylan Thomas twist, and in the evening entertainment was provided by the Jeff Hooper Swing Easy Band.

Yesterday it was The Mumbles Proms with the 48 piece Festival Orchestra of Wales.

The weekend was put together by Mumbles Traders' Association.

Chairman of the association and festival curator, Paul Whittaker, said it had been fantastic.

"The weather on Saturday didn't put anyone off," he said.

"We had 500 in the evening for the band. All the kids were dancing.

"People were just enjoying milling around and there was a really good atmosphere."

He said crowds of people flocked to enjoy the festival.

"Since we opened on the Friday we have had more than 3,000 people," he said. "There were 1,000 people there on the Friday night."

Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting more events, the market and promoting Mumbles, as well as funding community projects.

Mr Whittaker said the association has worked with other organisations to pull the successful event off.

"It has been a combination of other people as well, like the tourist information and the Mumbles Community Council," he said.

"We are not just trying to drive trade, but to give people a reason to come to Mumbles.

"It is wonderful to see everybody support it.

"I was speaking to a lady who has lived in Mumbles since she was a child and she said it was wonderful that things had started to happen at the castle.

"It gives you a great feeling."

Today there will be a mediaeval fair and food festival in the castle grounds from noon until 7pm.

There will also be lots of stalls and family entertainment all day.

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