SECURITY is being stepped up ahead of this weekend’s Stratford River Festival following the recent terror attacks in London and Manchester.
Organisers of the festival – one of the most popular events in the town calendar which last year attracted 60,000 people – are urging people to understand and to co-operate with additional security arrangements on Saturday and Sunday.
Stratforward BID Director Joe Baconnet said: “We are once again planning an amazing event for the whole family to enjoy. However, visitors safety is our priority and we’ve put in place measures to maximise public safety, working closely with authorities.
“The additional security measures will include extra specialist staff, including dog handlers, and random bag searches.
“The River Festival is all about community and families coming together for fun but we we would ask any visitors to please be patient, vigilant and to cooperate with any security requests, including random bag searches.
“They have been put in place to make sure everyone can come, have fun, stay safe and go home happy.”
Security measures have also been stepped up in recent months at both the RSC and at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties.
The River Festival, on the banks of the Avon, will get underway at 11am on Saturday, with music from local choir Amicantus, and the day will end with a firework display in the evening.
During the weekend, visitors can expect everything from boats to bands to barbecues.
Many charities will also be setting up camp in a ‘Volunteer Village’, raising awareness and looking for recruits. The special stalls have been organised and funded by Stratford Town Trust, to support organisations working for the community.
And The Great Stratford River Festival Treasure Hunt, organised by BID business Magic Alley, will take participants around the town and to local businesses picking up clues.
“It’s shaping up to be a great event as usual, “ added Mr Baconnet. “Our message to everyone is come, have fun, stay safe and go home happy.”
Visit www.stratforward.co.uk for further information on the festival.