Rotary Club Of Warwick

Jul13 - Thai Festival wins battle with the weather

Warwick Thai festival success despite “monsoon”.

Crowds filled Warwick Market Place for Sunday’s Thai festival, organised by the Rotary Club, which started with Thai monks receiving gifts of food from the stall holders, followed by their prayers for peace and good fortune.

Unfortunately people had to run for cover when heavy showers arrived at lunchtime and delayed the start of entertainment. Mayor Cllr Mandy Littlejohn and the civic party took shelter from the “monsoon” enjoying lunch at the Art Kitchen before touring the stalls.

People soon returned as the sun came out and were entertained by events on stage including Thai dancing, a demonstration of Thai cookery and music. Happy crowds enjoyed the food and atmosphere and made up for lost time. Alan Bailey for Rotary said he was delighted by the support for the event from the town. Hamlingtons the jewellers on the square donated a £1,000 jewellery voucher and raffle tickets sold fast.

At the end of the day organisers drew the lucky tickets and will be contacting all the winners. The Rotary Club has a long association with Thailand following the Tsunami in 2004, when the first festival 11 years ago raised funds to send aid. Families from all over the West Midlands now come to meet up at this regular event.

The festival raises money for good causes and was supported by sponsorship from Warwick District Council, Warwick Castle, Leicester City Football Club, Leamington Mazda, Chang beer, Art Kitchen, with Hamlingtons, Tesco, and local restaurants providing raffle prizes.

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