Tony Gilham
Team Hard

Dartford Festival gets rained on. . .

Dartford Festival gets rained on. . .

Jul 24, 2012
Heavy rain on Saturday didn’t dampen the spirits of thousands of Dartford’s Festival-goers over the weekend of 14/15 July as the 76th free annual event returned to Central Park. The festival welcomed a range of big and local acts to the main stage, as well as an array of organisations who ran activities and stalls across the site including Tony Gilham and Team HARD’s Honda Civic British Touring Car Championship car and the VW Golf race car that Tony recently won in at Spa.

The day began at the garage at 8am where the two cars were loaded onto the team’s body repairers, Autotech’s transporter before the onward journey to Central Park.

Tony, Gary and Scott along with other staff members from Autotech began setting up by putting up the awning just before the first batch of rain.
The rain was in for most of the day and thankfully as Gary and Tony walked over to the stage for an interview just before 4pm it stopped just as the Beach Boys tribute band The Beached Boys brought a hint of Californian sunshine to the park.
Headlining the main stage on Saturday were Britain’s Got Talent stars Eddie, Sonny and Te, otherwise known as the Loveable Rogues along with another Britain’s Got Talent band – The Mend.

Another early start on Sunday only this time the sun was shining over the park, with many people turning up to see the Counterfeit Beatles, Ray Quinn and Chas & His Band.
Away from the main stage there was lots going on around the site with lots of people taking time to look at the 2 race cars on display, grab an autograph and have their photographs taken with Tony.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Jeremy Kite said, “It was a great weekend and it was brilliant to see so many people with smiles on their faces despite the weather on Saturday. It was a testament to all the people and organisations who work hard to make the Dartford Festival the great free event it is.”

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