HEY NONNY NONNY!
Well it's the sweeps festival here in Rochester at the mo, and the blackened faces of chimney sweeps and tinkly bells of the Morris dancers have travelled in their droves to dance, sing, entertain and most of all (so it seems) drink very heavily.
It's both odd and fun, but there is entertainment for everyone, whether its the funfair, the endless supply of food, the beer festivals, the live bands, the Morris dancers in their various guises or the chimney sweeps (amongst other stuff).
These chaps were funny, a Cairo-esque dance routine, with daftness, lunacy and fez-swapping aplenty. I like loons, and these folks were top class.
Apart from some dodgy bloke who had obviously spent a pound in a junkshop and was offering his wares for 'five paarnd' (a solitary framed picture), probably scrounging enough for the fare home, the buskers are out in force and are all good and definitely worth a bit of small change.
People flock from all over the world for this festival, and of course the Dickens' Festivals, which occur in late spring, and early winter and are equally as popular.
It's great to see humans with enthusiasm, especially such a happy enthusiasm. It would pay the powers-that-be to take heed at this point...
If you want a country that thrives and has good morale, remember the Jubilee of 1977, the Wedding of Charles and Diana and think of street parties. Social gatherings that thrust neighbours together for the purpose of having FUN. Comparitively, think of the success of the Venice Biennale, the Nottinghill Carnival, and of course the sweeps festival. Why not create more? Why not help the organisers of these events with publicity and funding?
I'll probably be taking some more pics of the festival tomoro, as its bank holiday, but today, I shall be jumping in the motor with Summer and icklepickle and going to the Stour Valley Arts
, but more on that later.....