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Shiver me timbers, family fun rocks the waterfront.

BARRY Waterfront Festival rocked - despite the drizzle.

Fans of The Automatic and The Alarm turned out for a beer and hot dog, while families enjoyed the funfair and the tall ship Stavros S Niarchos, a full-size replica of John Cabot's ship The Matthew and Royal Navy mine hunter HMS Blyth.

There was home-grown produce, spicy sauces from South Africa and French crepes.

As the Relics took to the stage, Sarah Owen, who lives in Barry's West End, and her three daughters, Ava, five, and twins Eliza and Marianne, three, shook off the drizzle and took in the atmosphere.

Sarah said: "I think they should do more for the youth of Barry, it's nice to see them having such a good time."

Five-year-old Ava was fully engrossed in dancing to the music but had time to point out that the funfair had been her favourite part of the day.

Stall holder Simon Llewellyn was doing a roaring trade on his Hot Diggidy Dog stall.

With his chilli sauces warming everyone up, he said: "It's been a really successful day, we set up last night and slept in the van.

"I'm definitely going to come back next year."

Tracey Price, from Barry, said: "I'd like to see more of this kind of thing which brings the Barry community together."

For 13-year-old Sarah Griffiths, with parents Deborah and Jonathan, it was her first rock concert.

"I like The Alarm a lot. And it's all happening just 10 minutes away from home," she said.


Bosun Ned Bones and Captain Jack "Calico" Rackham at the Barry Waterfront Festival PICTURE: Simon Ridgway [umlaut]
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 7, 2009
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