PREPARATIONS for Pershore’s first River Festival are well underway but organisers say they want more people to get involved.

Town Councillor Richard Grantham, who is helping to organise the event on Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, said he hoped more people would come forward to take part in the non-powered boat races. “We are not struggling for participants in the bell boat and dragon boat competitions,”

said Coun Grantham.

“But we would like more people to come forward to take part in the racing on Saturday and Sunday.” For details, visit pershoreriver or search for the event on facebook.

Evesham River Festival is marking a major milestone this year as it is the 50th anniversary of the Avon being opened to the sea.

A series of events are being planned to mark the occasion on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, including a flotilla that will travel from Wyre Piddle, near Pershore, to the town.

Wickhamford-based business The Printed Clothing Company has designed this year’s festival logo and have also produced commemorative mugs and clothing.

Meanwhile, the fourth Stratford River Festival will take place on Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1. It is expected to attract more than 30,000 people.

Attractions include boats of all shapes and sizes, the illuminated boat parade and a firework display.

There will also be lots to do on the riverbank throughout the day including live music and food.