Families flock to Whittlesey Summer Festival

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Thousands of shoppers and families flocked to Whittlesey for the town's annual festival.

Thousands of shoppers and families flocked to Whittlesey for the town's annual festival.From sampling a taste of Italy on the Italian market to listening to the sounds of the Highlands during the march of Peterborough Highland Pipe Band, there was something for everyone at this year's Whittlesey Summer Festival on Sunday (13 September).

Whittlesey town councillor Pauline Edge said: "I'd just like to thank the people of Whittlesey for coming out and the festival steering committee who helped organise the event."

Another organiser, Marija Lysak, said: "We were absolutely delighted with how it all went and the support we have received.

"It was a fantastic turnout, last year we had between four and five thousand people but this year we are confident the numbers exceeded that.

"We have already had some extremely positive feedback from stall holders and visitors who completed questionnaires as well.

"The Italian market we had was amazing and was very well received. It was a tremendous day."

The band started the day off with a march through the streets of the town to the Buttercross, but there were also lots of stalls to look at in the market and an Italian food market, as well as entertainment including dancing and a puppet show.

Children enjoyed having a whirl on the free fairground rides as well as conquering the two climbing walls.

But Ms Lysak added the highlight of the day was the Battle of Britain fly-past on Sunday afternoon by a Hurricane.

She said: "It was wonderful. It was a great end to a great day. We are definitely looking forward to next year's event."