October 22nd, 2016

Leamington Peace Festival draws in the crowds

LEAMINGTON gave peace a chance at the weekend.

The 38th annual Peace Festival drew thousands of revelers to the Pump Room Gardens on Saturday and Sunday.

Despite the rain, peace-loving people flocked to the event to enjoy music, dancing, face painting and workshops covering everything from t’ai chi to drumming at the event, which was first staged in 1978, and is designed to promote peace and equality while living in harmony with the environment.

A vigil in memory of the victims of the Orlanda shooting was held at charity Push Projects’ LGBT stall at the festival.

Some 50 people lost their lives and many were injured when a gunman opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Florida earlier in June.

Speeches and a one-minute silence will also took place.

A spokesperson for the event said: “We were delighted to see so many people at the Peace Festival, engaging with the activities, signing petitions and learning from all the charities and campaign groups that join us at the festival.

“The event is all about inclusiveness and it was lovely to see people from all walks of life enjoying the music and festival atmosphere and all three of the stages.

“A big thank you to everyone that made this festival possible, it feels like we need to take time to focus on peace, love and looking out for one another now more so than ever.”