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Gallery: Crowds enjoy Kendal's Mintfest extravaganza
A THICK fug of smoke hung over Kendal as Mintfest bowed out on Sunday with a stellar fireworks display on Castle Hill.
Pigs did indeed fly as winged porcine lanterns, a searing sax solo and tribal drumming brought the weekend's events to a close.
Over the three days, Stricklandgate became a stage for the weird, wonderful, strange and silly.
With 40 acts at 15 different cross-town venues, there were also seven international acts and as many bands.
The festival presented Kendal Arts International and its Manchester namesake was blessed with dry weather and thousands turned out.
Director Julie Tait said: “I am really pleased with this year’s Mintfest. Local businesses are telling us that more and more visitors are coming to the area and that during Mintfest trade is booming “ The act which had arguably travelled the furthest was the striking Intergalactic Time Traveller which was body-popping outside NewLook.
Director Neran Persaud said: “So far the response has been really positive.
“It’s improvisation, mime and spontaneous reaction with the audience.”
In Elephant Yard, were ‘vulgar fashionistas’, Rubela and Bonjela from a Fettle of Kisch.
Their act ‘The Door Stoppers’ saw the self-appointed style icons touring with a ‘virtual VIP lounge’.
Assessing the dress-styles of onlookers, Rubela comically declared: “The people of Kendal so far have made no effort at all. It’s a bit too Karrimor for my liking – very casual, very ramblers.”
Roaming Market Place with a loud hailer was ‘parole officer’ Sarah McCluskey, from Bath.
She was flogging the backsides of a pair of sharp-suited ‘bankers’ – Stephen Jon, from Nottingham, and Antoinette Burchill, from Derby.
The trio go by the name as The Delegates and were in town on ‘Bankers Active Community Service’ – civic punishment for those behind the economic collapse.
Pin-striped Antoinette, explained: “We got caught swindling the city and basically robbing the public. Rather than our champagne and cocaine lifestyle, we are learning to iron and sweep up – doing the menial jobs we used to get little people to do.”
Creating a literal stir with youngsters was smoothy company Bloomberry all the way from Devon. It deployed two bikes where pedal power allowed them to liquidize their drinks.
Owner Sarah Jones lived in Burton-in-Kendal for 25 years but moved south three years ago.
She and daughters Chris and Louise were kept busy. Mrs Jones said: “We’ve done Mintfest for three years now and it’s so nice to see people enjoying themselves.”
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