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Great weather brings crowds to Big Cheese.

Byline: By Gareth Rogers South Wales Echo

Thousands made the most of a rare spell of good weather and soaked up the sun and fun at the annual Big Cheese Festival in Caerphilly.

Youngsters enjoyed riding the big wheel all weekend which towered high above the town's Norman castle.

Stilt walkers Francis Maxey and Lorna Foley proved as big a hit with youngsters as the ice cream and candy floss did.

The free festival site was also lined with folk dancers, fire eating, minstrels and troubadours and the thousands of visitors were treated to living history re-enactments and traditional music and dance and free entry to the castle site.

Emma Faulkner travelled from Abercarn to the festival, with daughter Molly, two, who enjoyed her day, as did brother and sister Sarah and Daniel McDougal, three and five.

There was also a weekend French market in town giving visitors the opportunity to sample authentic continental cuisine and beverages.

It is believed that around 80,000 visitors attended the festival between Friday, when the annual Big Cheese Olympics race was followed by a firework display, and Sunday, when the festival was bought to a close.

Jonathan Jones, 27, of Caerphilly, went to the festival on Saturday. He said: "It was nice to see the sun out for the whole weekend and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

"It is great to see so many people enjoying themselves in Caerphilly. It's good for the town."

Caerphilly councillor Michael Prew spent the weekend at the festival with his young family.

He said: "It was the best Big Cheese Festival we have ever had in my opinion.

"It is getting very popular and I think that it's great that people can come from all around Wales to visit it.

"I saw rugby internationals Martin Williams and Sonny Parker there over the weekend and it's great that we can attract people like that."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 30, 2007
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