Could this be the last Widcombe Rising in Bath?
Widcombe Rising, heralded as the biggest and brightest of Bath's community celebrations, returns in full force on Sunday for what may well be its last.
Widcombe Rising was set up to draw attention to the congestion on the high street and to put pressure on the authorities to create a bypass. Councillors were meeting last night to look at the problem and organisers were expecting and hoping that the news will be such that this will be the fifth and final Widcome Rising.
Whatever the decision though the event takes place this Sunday, from 1.30pm to 7.30pm, for which organisers have adopted a Retro Olympics theme, giving rise to all sorts of athletic events.
The Avenue of the Olympicks (daft spelling intended according to organiser Nick Steel) will dominate one whole street and provide numerous sporting activities, including an opportunity to learn the flying trapeze in the nave of St Matthew's Church.
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Mr Widcombe 2012, will be battled out on the wonderfully decorative Melodrome stage, and presented by the Natural Theatre Company's Lady Margaret. This competition is open for all, including women in disguise.
Sporting aside, there will be one indoor and three outdoor music stages, the popular dog show, giant snail racing and a hula hoop workshop, while bonkers street theatre from the Natural Theatre Company will provide further entertainment.
This will include stilt-walking cricketers, a mobile cocktail lounge, the Widcombe Mummers, Morris dancing and the world famous Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, of whose one member is a sabre-swallowing dancer.
Children will find further amusement in the Kids Kreative Korner, a specially walled area set aside exclusively for crafts and creative fun.
You will find nourishment and fuel for the busy day from various al-fresco dining outlets, a palm court tea room and an expanded farmers' market on the hill, full of local produce.
Widcombe's numerous restaurants, pubs, bistros and hostelries will also be open to provide refreshments.
If you are interested in helping out with this lively event, the organisers are still looking for volunteers to both set up and pack away the event, and also a number of individuals to patrol the site, clear tables, point the way and help out with general tasks. Call Ralph on 01225 469131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets prices for the day are £2.50 per adult and free for children. For more information visit www.widcombe.net.