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Fun for all at Gravesend Town Regatta, fun fair and Fusion Festival on the Prom

30 June 2014
by Thom Morris

Fun was had by all on Saturday at the Gravesend Town Regatta, fun fair and Fusion Festival.

Or almost all.

Dan McNamee hardly looked like he was having fun trying to shift this gargantuan tractor tyre, and nor did Bobby Glover as he wrestled with a ridiculously heavy stone ball.

Bobby Glover, looks as if he is playing a bizarre game of volleyball with a very heavy stone ball when he is actually just lifting it over a tall bar at a strongman competition at Gravesend Town Regatta and Fusion Festival.

Bobby Glover, looks as if he is playing a bizarre game of volleyball with a very heavy stone ball when he is actually just lifting it over a tall bar at a strongman competition at Gravesend Town Regatta and Fusion Festival.

But then this was a strongman competition - the heats for England’s Most Powerful Man - painful business for the competitors but fun for everyone else who could watch them while eating an ice cream or drinking a beer.

The Fusion Festival was held at The Prom on Saturday and showcased new and emerging culturally diverse artists and to celebrate music and dance from around the world.

Organiser Gurvinder Sandher said: “I am very pleased with how the Fusion Festival went and have received lots of positive feedback both on the day and on social media afterwards.

With no fear of height, Harvey Nash, two years old in a giant bouncer at Gravesend Town Regatta and Fusion Festival.

With no fear of height, Harvey Nash, two years old in a giant bouncer at Gravesend Town Regatta and Fusion Festival.

“It was so positive to see the communities come together and enjoy the different acts. I was especially pleased with the Afro-Bhangra Fusion Piece, which we co-produced, as this underlined what the festival was about, using the arts to bring diverse communities together both in the audience and on the stage.

“With all the other activities taking place at the same time such as the Town Regatta it was a great day out for the local community and we appreciate their on-going support.”

Jameson Neil, one years old stands in a tyre at a strongman competition. His father took part in the competition at Gravesend Town Regatta and Fusion Festival.

Jameson Neil, one years old stands in a tyre at a strongman competition. His father took part in the competition at Gravesend Town Regatta and Fusion Festival.

The stage programme featured Phase 5 Steel Band, local singers Gemma Moore and Ryan Bennett, the Cullen Academy of Irish Dance and Piwnica pod Aniolami a Polish cabaret act.

Running alongside was the 168th Gravesend Town Regatta, a fun fair, and the summer queen crowning in Fort Gardens.

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