VIDEO: Crowds flock to village music festival

Large numbers of people shrugged off the rainy showers to have fun at the CranfordLive! music festival.

A large line-up of bands will perform throughout the day (Sunday August 4) at the family-friendly music festival in Cranford Village.

This year’s event is being headlined by The Jeremiahs, a four-piece outfit from North Cornwall who supported Reef earlier this year - with the band including former Cranford and Burton Latimer resident Tim Pither as a member.

CranfordLive! had to be cancelled last year because of the torrential rain, and organisers said they are hopeful the weather will brighten up throughout the day.

Huw Boyt, a member of the organising committee, said: “This year is going much better, the whole purpose is the revenues for our village hall are declining, so we need to find a way to get some more money to upkeep the village hall.”

Mr Boyt added that it was a good event for the community to have a good time, and help raise funds for the upkeep of the village hall.

There is a large marquee on site during the festival, to help people shelter from the rain if the heavens do open.

There are also a number of activities running throughout the day including a climbing wall and inflatable obstacle course, circus skills, face painting and crafts stalls.

A number of artists will be performing throughout the day, including Cranford’s own jazz singer Susan Valliant Speer, Motown and soul act The Shamlas, and rock band The Abrahams.

CranfordLive! began at midday with a display by the Scottish Pipe Band in the main arena, and the music continues until 8pm.

Local ales, wine, a Pimm’s bar, hog roast, and home-made food and cakes are all available on site.

Entrance is £5 per person, under-16s free, and parking is free.

To see some footage from the festival and to hear Mr Boyt talk about it, watch the video above.