Caribbean theme for East Reading FestivalBy Mike Pyle
June 08, 2012
An annual festival of all things East Reading has kicked off and comes to a climax with a giant celebration on Sunday – just watch out for the pirate.
The East Reading Festival started yesterday with a range of events leading up to Sunday’s fair at Palmer Park in Wokingham Road – which will be opened by East Reading-born Hollywood star Winston Ellis, who has appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean and other films.
People have already taken part in Zumba, salsa dancing and there are still Asian cookery lessons, a garden-based play session for children and more before Sunday’s main event.
The fete itself will have a Caribbean theme and will feature steel drum music and spicy island food as well as other attractions including the chance to ‘shoot some hoops’ with Reading Rockets basketball team, stalls, fine foods and more.
It is the first time the event has not been organised by Reading Borough Council, this year the responsibility fell to East Reading woman Cathy Marsden.
She said: “All we need now is for people to come down on the day. There will be all sorts of wonderful food, great music, entertainment – everything’s ready for people to enjoy a lovely day in the park. The music will be great – we’ve got two music marquees – there’s a real hurdy gurdy man coming which will be amazing and the Reading ukulele band which will be fantastic.”
The fete runs from noon to 4pm at Palmer Park on Sunday. If you can’t wait till then, the Indian Community Centre in Norris Road is holding a cooking lesson today from 10.30am to noon. Call (0118) 961 7713 to book.
The centre is also running manicure, pedicure and facial lessons. Call Farah on (0118) 961 7713 to find out more.
Hamilton Road Children’s Centre invites children to join the Garden Gang at the Ridgeline garden on the Junction of Hamilton Road and Whiteknights Road from 10am to 11.30am tomorrow.
And Newtown Information and Support service in Rupert Square has a display of photographs of the last 10 years’ work.
Dog owners are invited to take part in a sponsored dog walk in Palmer Park on Sunday which is being held in conjunction with the East Reading Festival. It has been organised by JCI Reading, a networking group, to boost its campaign to raise £5,000 to train and support a Guide Dog puppy. Registration will be open from 1pm.