The Romans are coming

I had the privilege of opening Droitwich Saltfest on Saturday. This is a major community event for Droitwich and involves a weekend of celebrations around the town’s salt producing heritage.

The Romans were very aware of the importance of salt and this was represented by the presence of the Roman Military Research Society.

The Romans are coming!

The Romans are coming!

After the official opening, the Sir Cadets band led us off on a procession to Vines Park where there were lots of stalls, charity stands and food.

There were performances by stilt-walking pirates, bubble blowing and making balloon models.  Vines Park hosted live music and entertainment, face painting a dog show and ferret racing.

Our host for the trip on the canal on the Daisy May.

Our host for the trip on the canal on the Daisy May.

John and I enjoyed a trip on the canal on the Daisy May before saying our goodbyes to move on to Pershore Tennis Centre where we were joined by Harriet Baldwin MP and Wychavon’s Managing Director Jack Hegarty for presentations of Club finalists and their 10th anniversary celebrations.

We watched a very tight challenging men’s singles final before Harriett presented trophies to the winners of the ladies and men’s singles matches.  Jack and I then had a bit of fun in a “doubles” match against the lady chairman of Pershore Tennis Club and one of the coaches.  Don’t think we will be challenging the Murray brothers any time soon, but Jack and I agreed we were the winners.

Anyone for tennis?

Anyone for tennis?

Continuing with the sporting theme and Saturday also saw us attend Evesham Cyclefest at The Valley.

When we arrived the contest was well underway.  It was quite wet underfoot (and wheel) and many of the competitors came back looking as if they had a mud bath.

One of the competitors

One of the competitors

There were several spills, but everyone looked as if they were enjoying the event, even the children were taking part.

Me having a go on the smoothy bike

Me having a go on the smoothy bike

This was the second year of this event and it is hoped that this will become an annual affair.  The event continued on the Sunday when Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman was present.

Enjoying the fruits of my labour

Enjoying the fruits of my labour

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