It was sunny with the Fringe on top
THE Fringe felt almost mainstream by the time it hit a lazy Sunday afternoon with all ages strolling in the sun and music still playing in the background.
But earlier Stroud Fringe festival's headline acts, young local jazz talent George Montague and blues rockers Thee Ones, had drawn as many as 800 people at peak times to watch and listen beside the main stage in the town's Park Gardens.
"It was brilliant. We reckon more than 8,000 people saw 150 acts at a dozen venues," spokesman Freddie Whittaker said.
Organisers had hailed this year's event as the biggest and best in five years, he said.
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"It's always hard to tell exactly how many people we get because we're not selling tickets," said Freddie.
"But, from our perspective, Bank Gardens was continuously busy all weekend and we had our busiest Sunday since we started using the park as a base for our main stage.
"George Montague, Thee Ones and Hot Feet played incredible sets, as did all the other performers."
He thanked sponsors like Stroud Town Council and supporters of the festival, which runs on a budget of less than £10,000 every year.
Freddie said: "None of this would have been possible without the organisations which give us money and the volunteers who give us their time.
"We had stewards, medical volunteers, stage managers, runners, roadies and committee members working all weekend for free and we owe this year's Fringe success to them."
He added: "We are already planning another amazing lineup for 2014 when we hope to see everyone again."