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Now seriously, you didn’t think a little rain (well actually quite a lot of it) was going to halt Straw Bear 2023?

Organisers bringing back the festival after a two-year pandemic interruption, had all points covered.

After a two year hiatus the Fen town of Whittlesey hosts its annual Strawbear Festival.,
Whittlesey, Peterborough
Saturday 14 January 2023.
Picture by Terry Harris.

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After a two year hiatus the Fen town of Whittlesey hosts its annual Strawbear Festival.,
Whittlesey, Peterborough
Saturday 14 January 2023.
Picture by Terry Harris.

“Wet weather plan in action,” they announced as the skies opened.

“First dance spots have no dancing outside. Teams will be in Ivy Leaf Club, Quinns behind the Black Bull, or Childers Club on Station Road. Hopefully back outside soon!”

After a two year Hiatus the Fen town of Whittlesey hosts its annual Strawbear Festival.,
Whittlesey, Peterborough
Saturday 14 January 2023.
Picture by Terry Harris.

And so they were, with thousands flocking to Whittlesey to join the celebrations.

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After a two year hiatus the Fen town of Whittlesey hosts its annual Stawbear Festival. Let the ‘bear’ get ready
Whittlesey, Peterborough
Saturday 14 January 2023.
Picture by Terry Harris.

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Morris dancers from across the county – and country – made their way to the Fenland town for a colourful and spectacular day of entertainment.

After a two year Hiatus the Fen town of Whittlesey hosts its annual Strawbear Festival.,
Whittlesey, Peterborough
Saturday 14 January 2023.
Picture by Terry Harris.

“We hope you’re all excited to see the Straw Bears back on the streets,” said the organisers.

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And yes, we were.

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Though there was a disquieting moment when visitors realised the public conveniences in the town centre were closed.

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After a two year hiatus the Fen town of Whittlesey hosts its annual Strawbear Festival.,
Whittlesey, Peterborough
Saturday 14 January 2023.
Picture by Terry Harris.

“They’ve been closed nearly three years,” posted one resident on social media to a visitor’s inquiry.

“There are toilets in Wetherspoons nearby – just go in and up the stairs. No one will notice or care too much.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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