4,000 visitors, full car parks and ringing tills for K Village: Kendal Wool Gathering could return (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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4,000 visitors, full car parks and ringing tills for K Village: Kendal Wool Gathering could return
3:36pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
A WEEKEND of events to celebrate Kendal’s wool is now likely to become an annual get together.
Kendal Wool Gathering, held over three days starting last Friday, attracted interest from across the north and Scotland.
Organisers reported more than 4,000 visitors - including a coach party of Chinese people.
The two dozen stall-holders at K Village in Kendal, reported brisk business and were all keen to make the gathering an annual event. Many have already pledged to return.
Talks on Kendal’s Wool heritage by local historian Roger Bingham, and wool heritage trails by Blue Badge Guide Tess Pike, were fully subscribed.
A cross-generational project involving Age UK and other volunteers teaching children to make wool pom-poms to add to Eden Arts sheep 'pom-pom flock' was also well attended.
Kendal College, which ran a pop up cafe, estimated they had raised more than £1,000 towards a catering student trip to China.
Mandy Dixon, of K Village, said: “K Village was really pleased to be able to be a key partner and play an important part in the Kendal Wool Gathering, such an important quality event for Kendal and the South Lakes.
“The atmosphere for the customers ofwas superb and it was reflected in the positive figures for footfall, the car park and most importantly the tills.
"There was something for everybody from the more mature knitters and weavers to the Pom-Pom Parade, Alpacas and sheep for the kids. It was fantastic!”
She added that the centre’s car park numbers were up against the same weekend last year by 74 per cent on Saturday and 100 per cent on Sunday.
The gathering was organised by unpaid volunteers. One of them, Adrian Swenson, of Arnside, said: “The level of interest and enthusiasm was tremendous. Its popularity has shown the enormous potential for such an event to become annual in Kendal. We are already getting stall-holders wanting to book for next year.”
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