Richard White

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Crouch River Festival walk last day and closing thoughts

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We made it across the water between South Woodham Ferrers and Hullbridge  even though the rowing teams who were going to do the job had another commitment and didn’t show!  Sailing club safety boat came up trumps!

crossing 2

All the artists assembled at South Woodham Ferrers train station and all 8 flags were processed on through the town centre, eventually arriving at the quay. We were joined by Chairman of the Council Cllr Heather Glynn (not the Mayor as I had thought so even better for the influence this could bring). The intrepid Cllr Glynn joined us on the first boat and greeted artists, walkers and flags on the Hulbridge side.

crossing Chair H arrives

A large crowd had gathered at the top of the quay…we wondered if they knew they were standing on top of a huge tunnel going under the river. Damien had reminded us again that artists try to do impossible things well we had managed to get across the river and like all the people in South Woodham Ferrers and Hullbridge we walked on water! A suitable idea to end our long zig zaggy walk from the pilgrimage destination at Bradwell to a primary school in Hullbridge.

Walking on water

In the park the flags were laid out and the stories of the walk and the community flags and the artists residencies were told.  It all became a bit surreal when I was called upon to cover as the flags were laid out…like providing a live commentary on a jigsaw assembly. A good gathering and a final word from The Box of Crabs.

8 flags laid out

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Exploring connections between landscape, place and people. on foot and online. Working collaboratively and harnessing the participatory potential of social media.

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