It’s close on midnight. I’ve been on my feet since barmy o’clock. I’ve walked several circuits of Bromyard, breathing exciting but probably unhealthy doses of petrol fumes. My ears are bruised, my joints aching and my grin as wide as Broad Bridge in flood!
We’ve done it again! Bromyard has given itself a happy day to remember. No help from regional or national government. A wonderful event organised by the town itself. I did some sums – Bromyard has a population of about 4000 – plus a bit I know but bear with me to make the maths easier. The Speed Festival had over 200 volunteers, working for free on the day to make it happen. That’s 1 in 20 of the population! But 10 of that 20 are kids or elderly. So 10% of Bromyard’s able bodied were out on the streets today creating a special event.
If you consider that 2 out of the remaining 9 were in local businesses and most of the rest were stood watching yo can see that the extent of local engagement is really quite stunning.
So … what next? What could we do better? What should we do next? It’s your festival so please share your feelings and thoughts.