The community festival attracted large numbers of people to Plumstead Common today, 26 June 2021. They enjoyed live music, arts and activities.
Last year’s festival was cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This year, the festival returned with social distancing measures in place, including seating grids, and a one-way system marked onto the grass. Masked stewards offered hand-sanitiser to festivalgoers.
In the promotional leaflet, the volunteer organisers write: “We think it’s important to celebrate our community safely, so this year’s event is scaled-down but still full of fun.”
Although the fairground rides from pre-Covid times were missing, there were many, more gentle, attractions.
Local musicians took to The Bandstand stage.
Singers and and bands from Plumstead Manor School impressed the spaced-out audience. Singer Alison has a tremendous voice.
In The Workshop Tent, David Hall performed his Mathmagics demonstrations.
There were many stalls selling gifts, food and promoting local organisations and causes.
Clare Burke-McDonald, Labour councillor for Shooters Hill, attended Plumstead Make Merry. She tweeted:
“Great turnout for the @PlumMakeMerry on #PlumsteadCommon this afternoon. This means so much to the community and it’s so good to be back here again.”