Thousands expected to brave showers for Beach Fest

3 July 2012

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Last year’s Beach Festival attracted thousands and enjoyed glorious sunshine. Photo: Andy Pearson

ORGANISERS of this year’s Aberavon Beach Festival are promising the event will be a great success once again this year, in spite of gloomy weather forecasts.

The festival takes place on Saturday and is now in its twelfth year.  It is one of the biggest free events in South Wales and regularly attracts people in their thousands.

Although weather reports for the weekend are not looking as favourable as in past years, with the Met Office forecasting heavy showers and temperatures of between 14 and 17 degrees, the event is still predicted to attract thousands to the seafront.

NSA Afan, which organises the event, has said children and adults alike will find plenty to keep them occupied, with a beach congo, bouncy castles, rides, a Punch and Judy show, golf and a surf simulator among the many attractions, much of which will be housed inside marquees.

Although archery had been listed among the events, health and safety concerns and insurance constraints have meant they have had to pull out at the eleventh hour.

However the Neath Port Talbot Tigers Multicultural Marquee should prove popular again this year, with entertainment and food stalls from an array of different cultures.

There will also be a marquee housing a major craft fair and a charity marquee.  Local talent will entertain the crowds throughout the day with live music performances.

The Festival, which has no entry fee, will take place on the seafront opposite the Apollo Cinema complex, Aberavon.

Event organiser Aled Davies from NSA Afan, said today: “The organising committee is really working hard to ensure this year’s festival will again be a great success.”

Neath Port Talbot Council supports the event and Council Leader Ali Thomas said: “Every year the Aberavon Beach Festival is a very successful and hugely popular event, adding to the appeal of the seafront, which is fast becoming a destination for a great family day out.”

Port Talbot Magnet will be among the exhibitors in the charity marquee.

Magnet Director Ingrid Bousquet said: “We are looking forward to meeting local people and talking to them about the issues that concern them. We will have space on our stall for people to sign local petitions, find out more about what’s going on in Port Talbot, and also learn more about our news service and how to get involved.”

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