Plumstead Make Merry beats the cuts with 7,000-strong festival

News Shopper: Plumstead Make Merry beats the cuts with 7,000-strong festival Plumstead Make Merry beats the cuts with 7,000-strong festival

Greenwich's biggest community festival returned better than ever this year, despite an uncertain future caused by funding cuts.

News Shopper: Plumstead Make Merry beats the cuts with 7,000-strong festival

Plumstead Make Merry saw around 7,000 people come to the common on June 7 for music, activities, stalls, food and much more.

News Shopper: Plumstead Make Merry beats the cuts with 7,000-strong festival

This year, the festival had an area for under fives, which was packed out all day, along with martial arts, a fruit and veg sculpture competition, music from the Bannockburn School choir and a "mind-blowing" set by teen band Sam Agila.

Plumstead Make Merry Association chairwoman Sarah Harper said: "The feedback that we're getting is it was the best one for years."

But for the first time, committee members had to partly fund the festival out of their own pockets, rattling buckets for contributions.

News Shopper: Plumstead Make Merry beats the cuts with 7,000-strong festival

Greenwich Council stopped its funding back in 2011, and organisers now hope to use crowd-sourcing for future events.

News Shopper: Plumstead Make Merry beats the cuts with 7,000-strong festival

Ms Harper said: "At the moment we don;t know if we can put on an event for next year because we're running on empty.

"But it's really nice to know people appreciate and enjoy it because that's why we do it."

For information visit plumsteadmakemerry.co.uk

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