IT’S Gainsborough Riverside Festival time again and this year the theme, appropriately for the Olympic year, is Gainsborough Goes For Gold.
Although we now look on the festival as an annual event, it started in 2002 just as a one-off celebration of the completion of the town’s riverside flood defences.
But it proved so popular that it was decided to try and make it an annual event and one of the driving forces behind the show in its early years was Neil Rogers until his untimely death in 2006.
The festival is themed differently each year and those themes have been: Viking (2002), Elizabethan/Tudor (2003), Groovy Gainsborough (2004), Gainsborough Goes Wild (2005), Caribbean Calypso, Gainsborough Goes Bananas (2006), Gainsborough Makes Waves, A Seaside Celebration (2007), Gainsborough Goes Oriental (2008), The English Civil War, Gainsborough The Rematch (2009), Water, Wind and Willows (2010) and Gainsborough Celebrates (2011).
Attendances have grown each year, highlighting the fact that a great proportion of the local residents choose to attend, often inviting relatives who live further afield to join with them.
The festival is managed by a festival committee and the creativity, ideas and involvement all come from local people, many of whom have key roles on the committee which meets monthly and the Friends of the Festival which meets every two months.