Although today’s GPG Food Festival was cancelled because of (yesterday’s) wet weather, Penarth’s Victorians boldly ventured out of doors this morning as if to show that they are made of somewhat sterner stuff .
In full period costume, Martin Gossage of Penarth Tourist and Visitor Association and his partner Alison, strolled sedately up to the entrance to the Kymin to explain to visitors why the Food Festival was not being held there today.
The Victorian duo were also hoping their appearance will encourage other local residents to don period costume to revive “promenading” – the time-honoured Penarth custom of taking a leisurely stroll along the Esplanade in the sun – and make it into an annual event .
It’s all part of the continuing “Penarth History Month” which has featured a series of presentations on various aspects of local history- and even pre-history.
Meanwhile at the Kymin itself visitors who arrived for the Food Festival through the rear gardens , were being met by a member of Penarth Town Council staff to explain it was hoped to hold a postponed Food Festival at Christmas time.
In today’s warm and brilliant sunshine the Esplanade itself was packed with visitors and not a single free car-parking space was to be found.