CRICKLADE residents were out in full force to enjoy a groovy Cricklade Festival in glorious weather on Sunday.

The swinging 60s-themed festival saw people dressed in an array of colourful tie-dyed clothes and love beads for one of the South West’s largest street events.

The free festival, in its ninth year, provided a day out for all the family, with entertainment coming in the shape of live music from local bands, dancers, street performers and magicians.

A selection of stalls selling world foods, arts and crafts lined the High Street, whilst the nearby St Sampson’s Junior School field was packed with family-themed activities such as bouncy castles, live music and a petting zoo.

Among the live acts playing was Kitsch Kittens, a high-camp comedy and vocal act that parodies the girl groups of the 50s and 60s.

The event was hosted by Austin Powers, who spread the love by dancing with the crowds all day, accompanied by Cricklade’s Tony M. The thousands who came from far and wide all gave it a glowing review.

Kat Velthuysen, from Cricklade, who was there with her husband Vince said it was a fun and interesting day. “It is just good to get all the community together,” she said.

Nicky Rachael, from Cirencester, who attended with her mum and daughter, said there was nothing like it in her home town.

“Cricklade Festival has something for everybody – it is interesting and it is not expensive,” she said.

Stallholder John Barnham from Newbury said: “We have been coming here five or six years. It is well organised, people are friendly and a lot of work goes into it.”