THOUSANDS flocked into Castletown square to make last Saturday’s festival a huge success.
The sunny weather most definitely helped to boost the number of those attending and taking part in the festival’s many competitions and events.
The guest of honour was 90-year-old Edwin Cubbon, who crowned this year’s festival queen Deanna Hamilton, 14.
He was, in turn, presented with a special Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his 77 years as a member of the Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band, from which he is now retired, and for playing with the band at the festival since it was established, 56 years ago.
Chairman of the festival committee Tony Brown has been going to the festival for more than 50 years and has been on the committee since 1980.
The former chief minister said: ‘The fancy dress parade had really good entries and after the prizes were given out by the festival queen the night went in to dance mode, with the Mark Cowin Festival Disco.
‘This was followed by an outstanding performance in Castletown’s ancient market square by Charlotte Hopley as Lady GaGa with a large crowd – estimated to be in excess of 2,000 people of all ages. This was then followed by a great fireworks display.’
Mr Brown and the committee thanked everyone – from sponsors and police to entrants – for their involvement.
‘It’s the commitment that people give to it that makes it happen,’ he said. ‘We could not do it without the sponsors and support of people who take part.’
The next day brought the gruelling task of clearing up the confetti thrown during the dance.
‘It just gets everywhere,’ he said. ‘The men used to be out there with hand brushes, now it’s biodegradable, after a bit of rain it goes.’