Pilton Festival is back this weekend

North Devon Gazette

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Pilton Green Man 2014. Picture: Andy KeeblePilton Green Man 2014. Picture: Andy Keeble

Pilton Green Man Festival is back on Saturday, illuminating the streets of Barnstaple with light and colour.

Proceedings will begin with the vibrant procession dancing its way down the High Street, launching from Barnstaple Square at 11am, with the popular pageant featuring the Green Man in the grounds of Pilton House at 12 noon and 3pm.

En-route, the parade will pause and applaud in memory of the late Albert Linacre, Laurie Wedge and Dave Butt, who have all played key parts in organising the festival over the years.

As usual, a wealth of local musical talent will be performing all day from 10am across three stages on Pilton Street, in addition to an open mic stage in the grounds of Pilton House.

Pilton Green Man 2014. Picture: Andy KeeblePilton Green Man 2014. Picture: Andy Keeble

Acts on the bottom stage include up and coming talent from Pilton Community College and The Stolen Page, as well as Sam Dowden on the middle stage and folk band Rakes Adrift on the top stage.

Pilton Arts Group will again be opening its studios at the top of Pilton Street, exhibiting works from more than 40 entrants from 10am until 4pm.

A new feature this year will be a local author’s book stand, where the public will be able to meet the likes of local crime novelist Ruth Downie and children’s author Rosie Godfrey.

Also on offer is local food from a street market and outlets such as Monty’s Caribbean Kitchen, drinks from the beer and Pimms tents, charity stalls and children’s activities.

Festival organiser Martin Haddrill said: “It’s a community festival for Pilton, celebrating local people and heritage and we hope that everyone enjoys it.”

He added that the Green Man Day is dedicated to keeping the area green, and therefore encourages all to avoid bringing glass bottles and dispose of any litter in the bins provided.

* For the full programme go to http://www.piltonfestival.co.uk

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