Crystal Palace Overground Festival attracts record crowds
A RECORD 4,500 people flocked to Westow Park on Saturday for the popular Crystal Palace Overground Festival.
The celebration in the park – featuring a stage with music – was the culmination of four days worth of activities around the Upper Norwood Triangle area.
A performing arts circle was a new addition this year, with storytellers and poets among those showcasing their talents.
The crowds were entertained by a host of talented musical acts, while one area gave people a taste of SE19 – a place where they could sample local food and drink.
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Acts included The Lovebirds, Daytona Lights and Jim Bob – the front man of Carter USM who have had 14 UK top 40 singles.
Festival director Noreen Meehan said: "He did a couple of songs which went down really well.
"A lot of people of the same age remember when Carter USM were big in the early 1990s so they were very excited about seeing Jim Bob."
The event, now in its sixth year, started last Wednesday and featured an ale and cider festival at Westow House, Antenna Studios opening its doors to the public, art workshops, a garden fayre, live bands and DJs.
Noreen added: "Crystal Palace is a real community and people love living in Crystal Palace.
"It's the kind of place you come and stay for a long time.
"We, the festival organisers, feel it's important to have an event that brings the community together."
Bernie Jinks, licensee of the Royal Albert pub in Westow Hill, said: "We had entertainment on Saturday night. All the bars and pubs did well in the evening, there was a nice vibe.
"Most of (the festival) was centralised on Westow Park and I got feedback that it was very good."
Upper Norwood councillor Pat Ryan said the event was a timely boost to the businesses around the area.
He added: "It was an outstanding success.
"It's in its sixth year now and the small committee have done a superb job in organising it.
"The whole place was alive - Westow Park was alive, the Crystal Palace Triangle was alive."