December 21 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Appledore Book Festival 2013 sees thousands flock to the village.
THE seventh Appledore Book Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers, with thousands of people homing in on a village suddenly awash with big names.
The festival came to a close on Sunday, with many of the week’s events at what has become known as ‘the friendly festival’ sold out – and not always the big name authors either.
Alongside festival patron Jeremy Vine were household names such as Barry Norman, Michael Palin plus Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.
Local authors drew their own legions of fans though, starting with an opening concert by Appledore Silver Band and the Chivenor Military Wives and going on to events such as Terry Bailey’s Ghost Walk, sold out well in advance.
“There has been a contagious buzz of excitement in Appledore which has been enjoyed by authors and audiences alike,” said festival director Brenda Daly.
“I’m thrilled the festival has been a success on many fronts, such as boosting the local economy and involving the community whenever possible
“As a committee, we are eternally grateful to all the work done by our local volunteers and the generosity of our sponsors without whom the festival would not have been possible.
“The ladies from the North Devon Hospice Riverside Support Group, who ran the Festival Cafe, have been fantastic too.
“It is also great to welcome faces old and new from all over the UK and hear that audiences and authors alike appear to have gone home happy.”
* CLICK on the gallery link to the top right of this story to see more pictures by official festival photographer Sarah Gallifent.