May the 4th, the sun was shining so I jumped in my car and headed over to Ventnor to join in the joviality that was Ventnor Day.
Not knowing Ventnor particularly well I parked up down on the seafront, getting out the car I could hear the distant sound of drums rolling down the cliff face. I guessed I was near the right place and so, like the rats following the Pied Piper I followed the calling drums up the cliff steps. The ground levelled out, and the sound of laughter and families nitter nattering away reached you.
Ventnor is a beautiful quaint English seaside town with a great community spirit. Ventnor Day felt like a lovely traditional English fete. With plenty of craft stalls and local vendors scattered around there was lots to see and do in the compact little site. Representatives of the Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Ventnor Skate Park, Fight For The Wight and many other local companies/group were there with information ready for a chat, it was a great show of what Ventnor has to offer.
The stage was set at the top of the green, a little mini stage with a small, but efficient sound system. Local bands and musicians including acoustic singer/song writer Max Cowley, and new kids on the block Volcanoes along with others entertained the crowds as people milled around enjoying the sun. The day wouldn’t have been complete of course without an appearance from the Ventnor Comic Jazz Band who marched on down, drums beating and brass shining.
It was a true taste of British Summer time, complete with a good old fashioned tombola, bake sales, and fun little things like guess the buttons in the jar. A giant picnic blanket was set out, on which a reasonable sized polar bear was resting, it wouldn’t really be a picnic without a few teddy bears after all! It was a true ‘Oh I do love to be beside the seaside’ kind of day, great fun for all the family.