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Elstree and Borehamwood's pre-festival got people in the mood ahead of the annual fortnight of events next month
With just over a month to go before the annual town festival, local community groups showcased what the area has to offer in the traditional pre-festival day.
The Elstree and Borehamwood Annual Civic Festival will take place next month but a pre-festival event gave local community groups a chance to show passers by what they can expect during the two weeks.
As part of its 58th festival, the day will kick off with a samba-style carnival parade through Borehamwood.
There will be an anniversary theme during the two weeks as the community choir celebrations its tenth anniversary and Elstree filmmaking studio marking its centenary year.
As well as brass bands and the 100th anniversary celebrations, the event will also be welcoming San Francisco orchestral band Peninsula.
Organiser Councillor Pat Strack believes the event is a great showcase for the main festival.
She said: “We started this last year so we could sell tickets for all our events taking place. We have bands coming from Germany and the US, which we are very excited about.
“It is a way of bringing the community together and they have been able to network so it’s great to see what a range of people we have in the community and work together.
“We will have 14 floats that will be Elstree studio based. But we also celebrating 100 years of Brownies, which started here in Elstree with some memorabilia on display.”
Cllr Strack encouraged people have not experienced the civic festival to “come and try it.”
She added: “It is a fantastic experience for everyone involved for a number of different reasons. The variety we have across the fortnight will give something for everybody.”
Mayor of Borehamwood Cllr Clive Butchins said: “This is a great way to show off the town and what is going on here, there’s a lot of free events which should be fantastic.”
Borehamwood Rotary Club president Cynthia Barker said: “The event has given us a chance to have presence in the community and it’s a fun day for everyone to get involved.”
Events will begin on June 14 and conclude on Monday, June 30.
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