Stage set to Make Merry!

The stage is set for the next Plumstead Make Merry which will take place on Saturday 11th June, 12-6pm on Plumstead Common.

The longest running community festival in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the Make Merry is in its 41st year despite losing funding from the council in 2011 as a result of central government cuts. Contrary to popular belief, the festival is not run by the council. It is run entirely by volunteers.

This year will see another fantastic line up with some old and new faces including opening act Skills & Care Performing Art featuring Shimmy Pun & Team who will be performing a traditional Nepali dance. There will be live performances across two stages, a dedicated children’s area hosted by ‘Under 1 Roof’ (including sessions with Boppin’ Bunnies and Diddi Dance), a fun fair with a ferris wheel, and an array of free workshops/activities including gymnastics and Bonkerz drumming. With up to 80 different stalls including food, local groups and businesses, there is plenty on offer for all the family and all for free.

As a nod to The Queen’s 90th birthday, there will be a ‘Queen of Plumstead’ fancy dress competition. Open to all ages and genders, the best dressed ‘Queen’ will be awarded the honorary title ‘Queen of Plumstead’ and receive a special prize. Interpretation of the criteria is completely up to the entrant so get those thinking crowns on. Judging will take place at noon, at the Bandstand.

The popular vegetable/fruit sculpting competition will also be making a welcome return in the Information Tent, under the auspices of Art Plumstead. There is no theme this year, just bring your sculpture on the day.

Sarah Harper, Chair of the Make Merry Committee, said: “Our small team of volunteers have been very busy this year organising a festival on a tight budget, and we are proud to say that we have a day of fun and entertainment planned for our community.  We value the support of those that support and attend the event each year and we hope that again we can provide a great day out for everyone.  It is an event that has been enjoyed by generations of local families and it means so much to so many people.”

To find out more, visit www.plumsteadmakemerry.co.uk.

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