THE21st production of the Blues at Bridgetown started off with a dazzling array offirst class Blues performers in the eight venues set up around Bridgetown andGreenbushes.
Theprovision of ‘ear-candy’ for Blues fans continued throughout the weekend until8.30pm on Sunday evening.
Forthe first time in the history of the Blues, Hampton Street, the main roadthrough Bridgetown, was not closed down. In previous years street stages allowedthe bands to play to the crowds as they meandered through the street market,with children and seniors alike sitting on the curbs listening, with othersdancing on the street to the Blues Beat or enjoying the street performers.
Theclosure was originally negotiated for safety of the crowds of people as theymoved from venue to venue. This year the Market was moved up to the TownSquare, leaving Hampton Street open for normal traffic.
Forthose who enjoy the upbeat Blues sounds at a Church service, their needs werecatered for by the Catholic Church this year as they provided a full BluesYouth Mass on Sunday morning. The Service was very well attended.
Officerin Charge of Bridgetown Police Station, Ryan van der Heide, said that thecrowds of people attending the Blues weekend were generally well behaved withno major incidents occurring.
“Wedid find that, with the large number of people in the town for the weekend, andthe decision to have the market stalls on the Town Square area, the logisticsof trying to police both Hampton Street and the Town Square quite challenging,”Sgt van der Heide said.
Demonstrating some marvellous feats was the The Fatt Matt Show.
Nigel, Shelley, Nathan and Alysha Browne loved the music and the food.
Piper, Diane, Tristen and Demi Bazeley were enjoying the ice-cream van’s products.
Noela Horsley was helping to raise funds by collecting rubbish, as part of a team of workers, for the Ashbil Community Gardens.
Bridgetown Primary School Band showed a level of ability which made their teachers and parents very proud.
The “Kids Zone” stage was a popular venue for Blues fans.
Zoe Holdsworth got the designs on to Paige Wheatley.
Saxon Britain, Zander Murphy, Preston Hodge and Alex Bright.
Ella and Jenna Rockall, Ripley Bull and Jamie Rockall.
Rose Assume had a wide variety of hats.
“Pirate” Jordan Sargent did the rounds of the market making balloon sculptures.
Artist Libby Sheppard designed and painted her own mugs.
Ray Ward, Andy Turner, Lorena Farrell and George Passmore.
High school principal, Steve Bullied, gets in the groove to the beat of the high school musicians
Brooke Suiter and Chelsea McGrath joined Faith Nitschke and Wowed the crowd with their final number.
St Brigid’s Primary School Choir did a good job.
Enjoying the day were Louise Miolin, Jane Dittrich, Lily Barclay and Brooke Clynch.
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