Whilst the games, information, balloons and sweet give-a-way were a great attraction, the real value was in meeting and engaging with people. It’s interesting to note how many people told us: “It’s good to see Labour back in the Crays”.
We also used the Festival to celebrate the 65th birthday of the NHS, with 165 people signing our giant birthday card and leaving goodwill messages. Unfortunately our plans to present the card to Jo Johnson were thwarted when he left the event after just ten minutes. However, we will be making sure the card gets to him.
We weren’t the only political party there: a sorry-looking Conservative stall selling a few key rings and pens seemed to be largely ignored, and the Lib Dems packed up and left after a couple of hours.
By way of a postscript, when I got home I received a call from the organisers to say I had won the raffle, and the prize a 7 foot portrait of a motor scooter, produced during the event by a graffiti artist. I have asked the organisers to donate it on behalf of the Orpington CLP, and it will be auctioned off at an upcoming motor scooter rally, to be held at the Whitbread Hop Farm. Any money raised will be split between the Breast Cancer Trust and Friends of Cray Valley Parks.