Just wanted to say what a wonderful day out the Bank Holiday Monday Woolsack Races were this year. Yes a little damp but the organisers can't do much about that. Great family fun and lovely to see big crowds out supporting the runners and the local charities.
Tetbury with the high street given over to a market for the day was fab. Already looking forward to next year. Might even get a bit of training in on the famous hill and give it a go myself.
Woolsack Day was an interesting concept when it was relaunched during the 1970's, the event was probably at it's height during the early/mid 1980's. The event now needs a drastic re think/makeover, if it's going to survive.
As it stands the whole location is far too disjointed. OK nothing can be done about the circuit, Gumstool Hill, however, just maybe the "powers that be" should re examine and build the events resources around it? by this I mean we have the Millennium Green. Surly this could accommodate the basic fairground attractions that currently take place in Chipping car park.
The Raillands area could also home many market type stalls & the former G.W.R shed (once renovated and open) could easily home many historical displays that are displayed on the day in the Market Hall. Even encourage a few steam traction engine owners along.
In a nut shell, everything would be focused in basically one area, and also allow Long Street (A433) to remain open to through traffic, after all, how many potential tourists avoid places once they've checked the various traffic hot spots?
Naturally car parking could be considered an issue, although Chipping car park would be free. Likewise a few static traders would have to adjust..the chippy and butcher's with the big pan.
The town needs to once again build on ideas if simple events like Woolsack are to survive.