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Don't (Professor) Panic you won't miss the football in Bradley Stoke!

BSTC - 11th June 2010

While much of the world's media focuses on South Africa this weekend, the people of Bradley Stoke can enjoy their own celebration of international culture and top sporting action at the 8th Annual Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

With the weather forecast promising another dry weekend, the crowds were already out in force on Friday for the pre-school picnic in the park at the Jubilee Green. Around 100 children turned up with their mothers and were entertained by bubble man - Steve Price and perennial favourite Professor Panic's Circus.

Earlier at the Jubilee Centre, trade was good and the children were well entertained at a coffee morning and table top sale.

Town Mayor Cllr Ben Walker, who also attended today’s events, said “It's lovely to see so many youngsters enjoying themselves; there is truly a thriving community spirit in Bradley Stoke”

Adding “I'm looking forward to seeing many more residents at the events planned for this weekend”

Saturday, is often regarded as the main festival day and once again the Jubilee Centre complex is expected to be awash with colour and alive with sound. Music this year is from ABBA NOW, Echoes, Smokestack Shakers, Uncle Buck, and Pantz; With Dance from Annette's Dance Academy, Bristol Ballet, Egyptian Nights, Fahrenheit, local Acro-gymnastics group, SGAP and the SG Chinese Association.

There is also a football tournament for boys and girls from local schools, rides galore and much, much more. Gates open at 11.30am and with England playing in the world cup at 7.30pm, the finish time has been brought forward to 6pm, allowing plenty of time to get home before kick off!

Sunday's events have grown in popularity over recent years and are set to provide the sporting climax of the festival, with record entries signed up for the Sole Sisters 10km Run around the town, starting at 10am at the Jubilee Centre. Keep your eyes peeled for local stars including the Mayor (Cllr Ben Walker) and new Filton and Bradley Stoke MP (Jack Lopresti MP).

Then later at Baileys Court, an outdoor church service at 11am, is followed by a teddy bear's picnic, lawn bowls demonstration and the increasingly popular six a-side cricket tournament and BBQ hosted by Bradley Stoke Cricket Club. World Cup football won't be far away on the clubhouse TV screen, The Bar opens from 11am with live singing and other entertainment in the evening to round off the festival.

A skatepark competition will also be held at the Leisure Centre during the afternoon.

Entry to all events is free, activity charges may apply with proceeds going to the Mayor's Charity: St Peter's Hospice.