Huge crowds attend annual Weldonfest

Weldon Fest: Corby: Weldon Fest at Rockingham Triangle, ''Saturday June 23rd 2012
Weldon Fest: Corby: Weldon Fest at Rockingham Triangle, ''Saturday June 23rd 2012

Thousands turned out for the annual music and arts festival Weldonfest.

Corby Rugby Club, in Rockingham Road, hosted Saturday’s event for the first time this year.

It attracted about 4,100 people and more than 50 acts performed on the main stage.

One of the star attractions was Northampton singer Hannah Faulkner, who performed at the National Finals of Open Mic UK at the O2 London, and has performed at hundreds of venues around the country.

Other highlights included The Cormitments, a tribute band for The Commitments, and The Feel Good Factor on the main stage.

Jayne McGregor, 29, of Corby, was among the crowds on the day. She said: “I like that it’s all local and that it’s a mix of covers and original music.”

Carley Phoenix, 25, of Corby, said: “I come to Weldonfest with a big group of friends and I always enjoy it.”

Tracy Bennie, 34, of Corby, said: “I love the live music and how everyone comes together for the event. I love festivals but this is better because it’s on your doorstep.”

Organisers of Weldonfest won the right to hold the event at a new venue despite complaints from nearby Rockingham Castle.

Robert Burke, one of the event organisers of Weldonfest, said: “We had about 4,100 people through the gates.

“The day itself went really well and the feedback has been really great.

“It was our sixth year, but our first year in Corby. There were some teething problems but we will learn from them for next year.”

The not-for-profit annual music and arts festival aims to give as many people as possible an enjoyable day out and assist local charities, causes and people with the profits made from the event.

Previous events have raised £60,000 for charity.