10:35AM, Monday 28 July 2014
Blue skies and pirates ensured the two-day Maidenhead Festival went with a yo-ho-ho for thousands of visitors on Saturday and yesterday.
There was a pirate theme this year and jaunty shipmates of all ages, complete with eye patches, could be spotted enjoying the occasion in Kidwells Park.
The fun kicked of at 10am on Saturday morning with the Elite Academy of Dance performing on the main stage.
The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Richard Kellaway was at the festival with his wife, Mary-Lou Kellaway and their two grandchildren.
Cllr Kellaway, who took part in festival treasure hunt, said that the setting of Kidwell’s Park worked well.
He added: "It’s good to get more people interested in parks and open spaces and events like this do exactly that."
The two-day festival takes approximately nine months to put together and Mac Kenny, a member of the organising committee, said it was a huge success.
He said: "I have heard people say it’s the best one yet. People felt it was more family friendly and it was different than previous years."
There was also a shuttle bus which transported people to Norden Farm for X Marks at Rock where music-lovers could enjoy listening to even more artists and bands.
Aside from providing free entertainment, the festival also helped raise the profile of a number of charities.
This year's chosen charity was the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service which was given two stalls in the centre of the park.
Mac said: "We want to raise awareness of these charities and each year we choose a particular organisation which we push to the front."
Shipmates were invited to take part in a pirate selfie competition at the Advertiser stand, take a look at their efforts below.
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