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Dartford Festival gives revellers a happy Feeling

PUBLISHED: 10:19 21 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:20 21 July 2015

Dartford Festival 2015

Dartford Festival 2015

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From The Jam give mod-tastic performance

HITMAKERS from decades past drew a crowd of more than 20,000 people at the Dartford Festival at the weekend.

The Feeling, From The Jam and The Selecter were the star turns at the free two-day festival in Central Park, which was blessed with fine weather.

2 Tone ska band The Selecter, who had several hits in 1979 and 1980, were the main act on Saturday, performing in the evening after a day of music and dance performances

Ivor Novello-winning five-piece The Feeling, whose hits include Sewn and Fill My Little World, performed on Sunday afternoon before From The Jam – which features original The Jam member Bruce Foxton – brought the festival to a punky close.

The packed programme also included Irish dancing, street dancing, drama performances, baby ballet and appearances from Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Calum Scott and Made in Chelsea’s Andy Jordan.

Groups, charities and organisations staged talks, displays, demonstrations and activities, including cricket, football, rock climbing, rugby and cycling sessions, and there was also a funfair.

Festival organisers Dartford Borough Council said the festival had been “one of the best ever”.

Council leader Jeremy Kite said: “We’ve already had a huge number of positive comments about this year’s festival.

“We try to improve every year, and our commitment to live music and local bands sets it apart as one of the biggest and best free festivals around.

“Lots of families enjoy the festival every year, charity stalls were busy and the atmosphere was great!”

To give feedback about the festival email festival@dartford.gov.uk.

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