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Faversham Hop Festival proves great success with more than 30,000 visitors over the weekend

By Aidan Barlow

Organisers of the Faversham Hop Festival are cheering a successful year with bumper crowds over the weekend.

More than 30,000 are believed to have visited the events and activities to enjoy the music, dancing and variety of ales in the sunshine.

Crowds gathered in Faversham town centre

Crowds gathered in Faversham town centre

The festival had been under threat earlier in the year and the date had to be brought forward a week early because of Network Rail maintenance on September 6 and 7.

And global search engine Google didn't help much either, with the location for the event showing up in Centro de la Ciudad in Mexico City

CoCo and the Butterfields performing at the Faversham Hop Festival stage

CoCo and the Butterfields performing at the Faversham Hop Festival stage

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Festival managing director David Thompson believes the family friendly format proved a winning formula.

Festival managing director David Thompson

Festival managing director David Thompson

He said: "I'm highly delighted with the way the festival went. Despite the change of date the festival was still fantastic.

"We have had positive feedback from traders, councillors and local people. I would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time to ensure the festival's success.

Children enjoying the music at the festival

Children enjoying the music at the festival

“Event management provided a safe,comfortable environment for residents and visitors alike. This is my first year in charge and I couldn't be happier.”

Full pictures and reports from this year’s festival will be in Thursday’s Faversham News, so make sure you grab your copy!

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