Space-themed festival was out of this world

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HUNDREDS of people enjoyed a line up of special events at Fairford Festival last weekend for its space-themed extravaganza.

Fairford Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary alongside recognition of 50 years since man first walked on the moon.

Comprising of an art exhibition, photographic display, sports, space and lunar presentations and activities, stalls, baking and cooking competitions and live music, the festival proved popular with visitors.

The highlight of the weekend was the Festival of Fiction featuring top writers Kieran Larwood, Jaine Fenn, Mike Collins, Doug Naylor and BBC astronomer and presenter, Professor Lucie Green.

Attendees were thrilled by the presentation about the space race by Libby Jackson, a leading expert involved with Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station.

New to the festival this year was the dog show, with seven classes for dogs to enter plus a dog agility demonstration run by Lechlade K9.

For the second year, a young ambassador for Fairford was elected, sponsored by the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT), this year, the award went to Jessica Kent, aged 11 who has worked hard to help the homeless.

Fitting with the theme, there was a space tent with lots of artifacts from space, such as a real moon rock and meteorites, a life size ‘flat’ Tim Peake and Buzz Aldrin in his space suit.

Children and adults alike enjoyed getting inside Doctor Who’s Tardis as well as interacting Doctor Who and Star Wars characters wandering around the Festival.

Sunday saw the return of the annual 3k fun run and 10k road race with many runners taking part to raise money for charity including Will Pearce and Emma Skillett, raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

A spokesman for the organisers of the festival said the event had been very popular and was considered a success.

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