MORE than eight thousand people have gathered in Swadlincote for one of its most popular events.
The Festival of Leisure kicked off in style at the weekend with an action packed two days of events.
Malcolm Roseburgh, culture and community manager at South Derbyshire District Council which helped organise the event, said: “(On Saturday) there were about 3,000 to 4,000 people, and (yesterday) we expected another 4,000.
“It started off quite spectacularly with the Dakota fly-past and we had loads of local groups come along to perform.
“Two of the highlights was Savage Skills bikers who are national champions and the Hinckley Hooligans flyball display doing lots of tricks with the dogs.”
Mr Roseburgh said there had been concerns about the weather on Saturday and ‘contingency’ plans were in place under marquees if needed but the rain managed to stay away.
He added: “Local people really supported this and would have come out even if the weather was not fantastic.”