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Poole’s Thai Festival to be “bigger than ever”
THOUSANDS of people are expected to flock to Poole’s Baiter Park at the weekend for the town’s second Thai Festival.
Organisers of last year’s inaugural event were thrilled with the large crowds the festival attracted, so this year they’ve planned an even bigger event.
Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the festival promises to deliver a feast of exotic colours, sounds and flavours.
Spokesman Joe Tansey explained: “The event will be opened by a traditional Buddhist monk blessing. We have many food and craft stalls with a Thai harvest theme.”
Poole Thai Festival will be raising funds for children born with HIV in Thailand.
Last year it raised money for a Thai temple in the UK and to buy educational equipment for underprivileged children in Thailand.
The organisers later travelled to Thailand and personally delivered £2,728 to two schools in the north of the country.
On this weekend’s festival, Joe said: “There will be Thai boxing demonstrations, a ladyboy show, an ‘I’m British, Get Me Out of Here’ eating competition, and the Miss Thailand of Great Britain competition.
“The mayor of Poole and Thai ambassador will be in attendance.
“Due to the success of our first year we are even more motivated to bring a bigger and better corner of Thailand to Poole each and every year.”
Other attractions at the festival include a children’s fashion show, a Thai costume parade to Poole Quay, various food demonstrations and a host of stalls where revellers can sample traditional Thai food and drink.
Poole Thai Festival opens from 10am-7pm on Saturday and Sunday at Harbourside (Baiter) Park. Tickets: £2.50 adults, £1 children, under 5s free.
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