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The banners and may have come down but spirits remain high as Thatcham Town Council celebrates its festival success.

Sunday, October 17, saw the end of Thatcham Festival 2021 and its nine days and 35 events celebrating the best of local talent.

From the ‘Words of Recovery’ installments that made their way through town to the celebration of 50 years of grassroots football, there was something for everyone – and it was all well received.

Peter West with his 1967 Cortina 1500.. (52373755)
Peter West with his 1967 Cortina 1500.. (52373755)

The star attraction was the town's debut of The Big Fest Off, which saw the entire High Street close off for an outdoor extravaganza.

Former Thatcham mayor Stephanie Steevenson paid a visit and said: “I have never seen anything like this in the High Street and I have lived here since 1989.”

Town council events manager John Sackett said that the Fest Off, which kicked off the fun, was "brilliant".

Thatcham Festival Market and Music Harmony Choir Ref: 41-0821 (52209754)
Thatcham Festival Market and Music Harmony Choir Ref: 41-0821 (52209754)

Thatcham mayor John Boyd attended multiple events and commented on the diversity of talent.

He said: “Two people stopped me to say congratulations on the event.

“A lot of people were quite interested by it all."

Thatcham Festival Market and Music Harmony Choir Ref: 41-0821 (52209748)
Thatcham Festival Market and Music Harmony Choir Ref: 41-0821 (52209748)

The festivities ended on a high note on October 17 as the Cold Ash Brass band delivered a Proms-style concert at St Marys Church where the audience waved flags and cheered for an encore before everything truly came to an end.

West Berkshire Rock Choir created an emotive atmosphere, opening their concert with hit song from The Greatest Showman, This is Me, as well as Jess Glynne’s I’ll Be There and the moving Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.

The choir picked up the pace with Dreams by The Cranberries, Paloma Faith’s Make Your Own Kind of Music and James Bay’s Hold Back the River which was then closed by the iconic Kenny Loggins’ Footloose.

Peter West with his 1967 Cortina 1500.. (52373755)
Peter West with his 1967 Cortina 1500.. (52373755)

The mayor thanked the acts and presented conductors with flowers.

After the concert Mr Boyd said: “Sunday night's festival finale concert was the most fitting way to end what has been a fantastic Thatcham festival.

“I have been lucky to attend most of the events over the nine days and where I couldn’t, my deputy mayor Jeff Brooks kindly stepped in.

“The people of Thatcham’s community have once again been supportive in their attendance of our events and also generous in their donations.

He added: “The finale concert alone raised £294.03 for my chosen charities of Swings & Smiles and Thatcham Town Cricket Club.

“I was also grateful to the High Sheriff of Berkshire, Mr Willie Hartley Russell, for attending the finale concert and showing his support to the town.”

As well as music, the festival was host to many talks, walks and workshops, from children’s authors giving readings in the library to a classic car lineup on the Thatcham Memorial Field.



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