FAMILIES in Cirencester enjoyed a new fun festival last weekend, organised to raise money for an even bigger, smash-hit music event in town this August.

The Fringe Family Day was held at Cirencester Rugby Club on Saturday, June 27 and saw hundreds of people, young and old, attend to listen to local bands, enjoy a bite to eat and take part in games.

The event, organised by Kelly Keen, Claire Bloomer and John Parker, was set up for the first time this year to raise funds for the volunteer-run Phoenix Festival, which will be held for the third time this August in the Abbey Grounds.

"It was an absolute success," said Kelly. "We raised £1,500 for the Phoenix Festival in the end. We went along to one of their meetings and they were so appreciative.

"It was just fantastic. We had around 2,000 people and we want to thank every single person who came on the day and who helped.

"Thank you to our volunteers Steven, Caz, Kelly, Terry, Beverley, Jethro, Sam, Emma and Debbie too. Without them, this wouldn't have gone ahead. Thank you to everyone who made it such an amazing day."

Mayor of Cirencester Mark Harris cut the ribbon at the beginning of the event, before visitors went off to explore the attractions including pony rides, face painting, a bouncy castle and more.

Organisers would also like to thank the bands and sponsors, including Mitsubishi Motors.

The Phoenix Festival is on 29-30 August. See phoenix-festival.co.uk for more.