Terror security at Stratford River Festival

Published: Friday, 30 June 2017

IT WILL not be so easy to get into the  Stratford River Festival this week-end, as the organisers are concerned about recent terror attacks so are putting in security measures.

The Festival is one of the most popular events in the town, with the organisers concerned it may be a target for terrorists so are asking people to understand and be co-operative at extra security arrangements on Saturday and Sunday, Roger Fox reports.

Security measures

Additional security measures will include extra specialist staff, including dog handlers, and bag searches, with a spokesman telling:

“The River Festival is all about community and families coming together for fun but we we would ask any visitors to please be patient, vigilant and to cooperate with any security requests, including random bag searches.

“They have been put in place to make sure everyone can come, have fun, stay safe and go home happy.”

Local choir

The River Festival, that takes place on the banks of the Avon and on the river itself, opens at 11am on Saturday, with music from local choir Amicantus, and the day will end with a firework display in the evening.

During the weekend, there will be bands, barbecues and boats, with charities in a ‘Volunteer Village’, raising awareness and looking for recruits, with special stalls organised and funded by Stratford Town Trust, to support organisations working for the local community.