In the last week of June, Purley was host to over thirty events as local residents and business-owners came together to put on a “mini-Edinburgh Festival”.
The entire festival was the brainchild of local party-planner Fiona Lipscombe, who also runs the monthly Dale Road Music Club, and she was ably assisted by Ian Harris of the Jolly Farmers Pub, Purley.
Over a period of four months, Ian and Fiona steered the committee through council red-tape, local apathy and funding issues to deliver an absolutely amazing community experience. I was especially proud to see what Purley could do as a town in light of the cultural cuts made by Croydon council earlier this year.
The event was a great success and I hope this has spurred everyone on to get involved again next year!