THERE is no better example of British spirit than our resilience to the doom and gloom that rain brings on joyous occasions. We refuse to let soggy socks, ruined sandwiches and excess mud get in the way of our well deserved celebrations.
It is one month since the down pour that greeted the Diamond Jubilee celebrations was met by British umbrellas and smiles and the same sights continued to be seen at the Coco Mad festival this weekend at Cotteridge Park.
The family festival, organised by Friends of Cotteridge Park, provides an intimate environment for children from as young as 4 to Woodstock veterans of 75 and beyond to enjoy the arts as a community. With live music from the likes of the Electric Swing Circus and Carlo Mahalo & The G Strings, the festival got off to an exciting start.
As those in their deck chairs began to wind down to the melodic beats filtering through the festival, some had a crack at their woodwork skills in the Crafts Parlour. Despite the rain persisting, people still came in their droves as the day drew on.
The generosity of many of those who attended was visible for all to see as the charity buckets representing the likes of Birmingham St.Mary’s Hospice and Breakthrough Breast Cancer were filled to the brim.
As the festival reached its closing stages, the sun finally made a much welcomed appearance. While families and friends began to pack up their festival apparatus, the smiles continued to spread across the crowds as Coco Mad has once again proved to be a joyous occasion for the people of south Birmingham.
To help with future planning, CoCoMad organisers would like those who went along to spend a couple of minutes to complete a questionnaire: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cocomad2012
Images below by ‘Francesco 65‘ on Flickr: