AFTER a slow start, the weather improved and many people came out to visit the attractions of the 7th Ledbury Community Day last Saturday, June 8.

The annual event featured over 70 groups and organisations which serve Ledbury and district in all kinds of ways.

Voluntary groups ranging from the Ledbury Country Market and St Michael's Church to Community Action Ledbury and Ledbury Refugee Support reported lots of interest and were delighted with the contacts they made - a key purpose of this event.

Popular attractions included trying bell ringing with Ledbury and District Bell Ringers and the Ledbury Community Band playing under the Market House, a super dance display by Stars Ballet and gymnastics at the Community Centre, the Rotary Club's Iron Lung display, fire engine rides from the fire station's open day and the Cavaliers and Roundheads of the Sealed Knot setting up camp by St Katherine's.

Ledbury Town Council's stand in the Burgage Hall attracted good feedback, and the Youth Council found much interest in their activities at St Katherine's Hall.

Ledbury Town Mayor, Councillor Phillip Howells, who visited many of the groups during the day said, "Ledbury's Community Day was again its usual rich tapestry of all the many groups, organisations and societies that combine to make Ledbury one of the most vibrant, attractive and safe places in which to live. Congratulations are much deserved for all the hard work of the organising committee, and all those who took part in the day."

Paul Kinnaird, chairman of the organising committee, said, "The clubs, charities, youth organisations, blue light services and everyone involved with stalls, music and demonstrations exceeded our expectations. Despite the wind and chill, many came and filled the halls. For those that missed the experience, all the participants details and many photos are available on our website Special thanks go to all the volunteer stewards that contributed to the successful day, and to our sponsors without whom none of this would be possible."