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Frogfest has High Wycombe jumping for joy
HUNDREDS of people turned out for this year’s Frogfest and the crowd were able to enjoy lots of good music, dancing and entertainment.
This is only the second time the Frogmoor Festival has been running and organisers, High Wycombe Business Improvement District Company, have hailed it success.
HWBIDCo's chief executive Oliver O'Dell said: "We were extremely pleased at how everyone already seems to regard Frogfest as a permanent annual fixture.
"The addition of a festival bar, temporary seating and a greater range of children’s activities made sure people stayed around for most of the day.
"It is important to us that this event has real integrity as a local music festival, as well as being a good community day.
"Our acts on both stages delivered some great performances, which appealed to people of all ages, and must be congratulated.
"Frogfest is living proof that the BID company is steadily adding new, and tangible, benefits to High Wycombe. It also paves the way for spaces in the town centre to become more animated on a regular basis which will, in turn, benefit businesses commercially.
"This is our long term aim and one which relies on a positive perception of the town. Sunday certainly moved us in the right direction.”
The festival started at about noon and carried on long into the night with the large crowds lapping up the bands on the two stages.
The Hartbeats Vitae African Drummers performed at the festival last year and they gave Wycombe a good rhythm for the whole of the day.
One couple, who were shopping in Wycombe, stopped in Frogmoor to enjoy the music and the ‘carnival atmosphere’.
Tony Capaldi said: “We were just shopping here and we heard the noise so we walked through the alleyway to watch them perform.
“I have to say I am not a fan of all the stupid dancing from people watching but in all seriousness I think this sort of thing is a great way to bring the community together."
As well as the music and the many craft stalls set up, one of the main attractions was a circus company from Brighton.
The Shambolic Sideshow group who also performed in Frogmoor last year were a big hit with the crowds.
One of the company’s performers said: “We really enjoy doing this sort of thing; we teach and perform so we can show people how to do certain tricks.
“We did come to Wycombe last year as well and we really like it, the children seem to be up for giving different things a go.
“We have all sorts of circus acts including the tightrope, trapeze, juggling, plate spinning, unicycle and hula hooping.”
One parent who took his three children along to the event really enjoyed the atmosphere.
Yohan Blake and his son Theo Brown from Hatters Lane even attempted to walk the tightrope.
Mr Blake said: “That was really good nice to see people doing something together. It is all a bit of a laugh, my son seemed to like it.”
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