'People are expecting to get wet': visitors make the most of Enfield Lock festival (From Enfield Independent)
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Organisers admit weather had 'impact' at Enfield Lock to Lock festival
Organisers at the Lock to Lock festival admitted that the weather had an “impact” on turnout but were still pleased by the attendance.
Weeks of planning the Lock to Lock festival in Enfield saw an abundance of events on offer for those who attended to enjoy with live music from tribute band Beached Boys, girl group Ellamore and solo artist Keisha White.
Funded by the Mayor of London events fund and organised by the Enfield Borough Council, the festival transfored Prince of Wales playing fields in Ordnance Road, Enfield, with paddleboarding and canoeing staged along the lock.
Canal taxis were a popular choice for children and adults who fancied an unconventional jaunt between the two sites.
Ellie Robles, who organised the event, was happy that everything was running smoothly.
She said: “I have been here there and everywhere to make sure that everything runs ok. I am really excited about it, we have been organising this for seven weeks. The weather makes an impact and it’s disappointing because the field isn’t as well used but we are making the best of it.
“The water activities have run as they would and haven’t been affected because people are expecting to get wet.”
At the Navigation Inn in Wharf Road, Enfield, Sea Cadets were raising awareness of the organisation whilst providing the canal taxi service.
Alan Holloway, leader of the Enfield Sea Cadets, rued the weather's impact on the festival.
He said: “It is a shame when you have weather like we did on Friday but at least it hasn’t rained today and people are still showing up which is great.
"We are here to help promote the Sea Cadets and the work we do with teenagers; giving them the best set-up to compete for employment and have a good basis for work.”
Nine-year-old Thomas Caldwell said: “My favourite part was the canoeing, it was hard to do but it was really cool.”
His mother, Jenny Caldwell said: “We all know the weather could have been better but people have still come down and the water sports are just fantastic.”
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