PICTURES: Soul music, skateboarders and more at Create in Kingston festival

Skater Ewen Bower at the festival

Skater Ewen Bower at the festival

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A fighter plane, daredevil skateboarders and soul music took over Kingston town centre on bank holiday Monday for a creative arts festival – formerly the May Merrie.

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Kayana Kishimoto, Rena Hattori and stallholder India van Spall from That Vintage Shop

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Jackie Bennett and Sylvie Ashton, at their stall called Vintage Knits

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Raina El Mensary with her balloons

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Soul Beat perform in Eden Walk

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Emma Turner, Sam Boggia and Catherine Dolan with their creations at the Bits and Bobs stall

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Martin, Kelly, Aidan, Ethan and Jarod Hendrick with Stephanie Donoghue from Brooklands Museum. Behind them is a Sopwith Camel

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Fans in the front row watch singer Marley Blandford at the Banquet Records stage

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Kingston Morris Dancers perform

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7:56pm Wed 7 May 14

Twotonted says...

What a Shambles! Very poor organisation, no timetable of events. In reality, it was a non-event. I was a bit surprised to see your picture of the Morris dancers, as I heard they were not invited this year, but held a flashmob dance and seemed to attract more audience than tht official events!
Can we please have the May Merrie back next year?
What a Shambles! Very poor organisation, no timetable of events. In reality, it was a non-event. I was a bit surprised to see your picture of the Morris dancers, as I heard they were not invited this year, but held a flashmob dance and seemed to attract more audience than tht official events! Can we please have the May Merrie back next year? Twotonted
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3:48pm Thu 8 May 14

Arnold Crump says...

These pictures are very flattering to what was very much a damp squib. I took my Grandchildren to Kingston especially for the event expecting all the fun of the May Merrie of old but this was not to be.
The Sopwith Camel was about the best part, apart from that the ‘attractions’ were very sparse and the whole event had an unfortunate air of disorganisation.

'Create in Kingston' was a shadow of the May Merrie we know and love from previous years. My personal suspicion is that a traditional celebration of May with all that it entails is simply not trendy enough for Kingston First. I spoke to plenty of disappointed parents and grandparents who felt the same.

Next year can we have the fun element put back please? Can we have balloons and jugglers, clowns, maypoles and morris dancers in the market square.

It might also be nice if they had a market square to dance in.
These pictures are very flattering to what was very much a damp squib. I took my Grandchildren to Kingston especially for the event expecting all the fun of the May Merrie of old but this was not to be. The Sopwith Camel was about the best part, apart from that the ‘attractions’ were very sparse and the whole event had an unfortunate air of disorganisation. 'Create in Kingston' was a shadow of the May Merrie we know and love from previous years. My personal suspicion is that a traditional celebration of May with all that it entails is simply not trendy enough for Kingston First. I spoke to plenty of disappointed parents and grandparents who felt the same. Next year can we have the fun element put back please? Can we have balloons and jugglers, clowns, maypoles and morris dancers in the market square. It might also be nice if they had a market square to dance in. Arnold Crump
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