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Time to say thank you to legion of volunteers

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

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WHAT an absolute treat it was to be in town at the weekend, and see all the fantastic acts that made up this year's free-to-attend Streetfest.

And it wasn't just Ashbourne folk out and about – the tourists came in their numbers to enjoy the spectacular two-day show.

Happy faces were all around, kids enjoying ice-creams in the sunshine, parents wandering round the shops and everyone enjoying the numerous acts performing throughout the day.

Over the Saturday and Sunday, there was somewhere in the region of 20 or more shows entertaining the crowds – and there was something to appeal to everyone.

Little children enjoyed the imaginary bus ride through the town's streets, and everyone squealed just a little when the tarantulas and giant cockroaches made an appearance.

We saw fire eaters, sword swallowers, street dancers, contortionists, animal balloons, even a set of dancing trolleys.

And that was just the start of the Ashbourne Arts Festival. We still have two more weeks of plays, shows and music to enjoy so check out what's on offer and make the most of it.

It was something to be proud of – and none of it could have happened without the absolute army of volunteers who give up their free time to organise the festival and marshall the events.

Ashbourne historically has a great reputation for volunteers – people who willingly get stuck in and do their bit.

Whether it's marshalling at Shrovetide or Streetfest, offering vital emergency cover for the town as a community first responder or befriending elderly and vulnerable people in the area, we have some amazing people and it's time we said a huge, big thank-you to them all.

So next time you are at one of the many events and shows we have, and you see someone in their high viz yellow vest, why not take a few minutes to have a chat with them and just say thanks.

After all, without their efforts we wouldn't have such a wonderful town to call home.

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