Wellingborough Diggers festival will be ‘best ever’

The Bounty Hounds at the 2014 Wellingborough Diggers Festival
The Bounty Hounds at the 2014 Wellingborough Diggers Festival

This weekend is the fifth anniversary of a festival celebrating The Diggers.

The organisers of the 2015 Wellingborough Diggers’ Festival and Fringe, which takes place on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, are promising the best event ever and have already lined up singer-songwriter Phil Hare.

Mr Hare will perform a set on Saturday night as well as helping at a protest song workshop during the afternoon fringe.

Other performers lined up include Lexie Green and the Indigo Blue, Kev Buxton and Rapscallion.

One of the organisers, Jacqui Norton, said: “2015 is the fifth year for the small community festival which commemorates Gerrard Winstanley and The Diggers and specifically, the nine men from Wellingborough who briefly occupied the field known as Bareshanks, off Hardwick Road.”

As well as music, a series of talks have been organised. Tomorrow Andrew Bradstock, of The Social Justice Forum, will discuss Food banks, hunger and history: What can we learn from the Wellingborough Diggers 1650? This free event will take place in the Friends Meeting House, St John’s Street, from 7.30pm. 

On Saturday Mr Bradstock will give a talk on Gerrard Winstanley, the man and his ideas at Wellingborough Library, from midday to 1pm. This will be followed by a discussion to commemorate International Women’s Day from 2pm to 4pm.

The protest song workshop takes place at The Horseshoe Inn from 2pm to 3pm. There will then be live music in the pub, starting at 4pm. The main concert is in the Hind Hotel and starts at 7.30pm.

To take part in the protest song workshop email Jacqui Norton at jacquinortonpromote@gmail.com.

For tickets to any of the performances call Jacqui on 0795 8639692.