October 25th, 2016

Updated: 3:03 pm, May 07, 2015

A FLAVOUR of the Far East came to Warwick once again for the annual Thai Festival.

It started with Thai monks receiving gifts of food from the stallholders and was followed by their prayers for peace and good fortune which were rewarded by the sun coming out.

Mayor Moira Granger opened the Market Square festival, organised by the Rotary Club, before strolling round the stalls selling everything from flavoursome food to traditional crafts.

A large crowd was entertained by Thai dancing, a demonstration of Thai boxing, cookery and music.

Rotary spokesman Alan Bailey said: “We have had a long association with Thailand following the Tsunami in 2004, and last year helped to provide a second dialysis machine to northern Thailand, so it’s really great to bring Thailand here to Warwick for a day.”

At the end of the day the raffle was drawn and one lucky festival-goer will be preparing for a special trip after winning flights to Thailand courtesy of Westeast Travel.

The festival raises money for good causes and was supported by sponsorship from Warwick District Council, Leicester Tigers, Leamington Mazda, WestEast Travel, Chang beer, Art Kitchen, Tesco, and local restaurants providing raffle prizes.

Mayor Moira Grainger welcomes Buddhist monks. (s)

Monks offer prayers for peace. (s)

A dancer does it Thai style. (s)

A large crowd enjoyed a flavour of the Far East. (s)