24th Oct, 2016

Plum fever hits Pershore despite showers

Evesham Editorial 28th Aug, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

DEPSITE the wettest Bank Holiday Monday for 30 years, there was plenty of plum-filled fun to be had when Pershore’s famous festival reached its climax.

The festival’s traditional bank Holiday Plum Fayre event saw thousands of people enjoy an array of activities including the Plum Parade, led by the Plum Princess, Prunella Plum and the Plum Charmer.

As usual, plums abounded in every guise possible in the town centre, including plum liqueur, plum jam, plum cake, plum sausages and even punnets of plums in their natural state.

Music also filled the town with street musicians, choirs and bands of all sorts entertaining the crowds. Hundreds of classic cars made their way to Pershore for the Festival, which was officially opened by a ditty from Trevor Harrison of Radio 4 Archers and Eddy Grundy fame.

The fun-filled day marked an end to the month long festival which celebrates Pershore’s famous fruit.

Festival organiser Angela Tidmarsh thanked visitors for coming along despite the constant showers.

“Despite the wettest Bank Holiday for almost 30 years, thousands of people donned their raincoats and wellies to enjoy the Plum fun that was taking place throughout the town,” she said.

“This year we welcomed visitors from our twin town of Bad Neustadt and also coach parties from destinations such as south Devon, Coventry and the West Midlands that had organised tours especially for this event.

“Thanks to everyone who supported the event by visiting, exhibiting, sponsoring and working so hard just to make it happen.”

Pershore Brass performed in the middle of the farmers market. 3514014ABR5

Members of the Plum Festival committee – Diane Wilson, Olivia Holder, 13 and Magda Rumney, 13 get in the purple spirit. 3514014ABR8

The band Folklaw performed down Plum Alley. 3514014ABR2

Adam Clifford-Smith from the band Prism during their performance under the shelter of the bandstand. 3514014ABR7

The rain didn’t scare off these festival goers. 3514014ABR1