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Mid Wales Festival

Llanbister. Powys

July 1991 .

Part Two : Traveller Daves pix

    Llanbister was one of the last flings by the free festival movement before the dreaded Criminal Justice and Public Order Act came into force which made it almost impossible for a group of two or more people to stay on land ,whether private or common ( let alone hold a festival ) without facing nasty punitive measures from the nasty punitive people that formed the Tory goverment of the day ........ bless their little iron hearts :-(

Fortunately, although the dreaded travellers were a depraved and desperate bunch (we know this cos we read it in the Sun :-) ) amazingly some had sufficient brain cells left to enable them to actually operate a camera , hence the photos below , brought to you courtesy of the esteemed Traveller Dave .

Long shot of the site © Traveller Dave

Ex ambulance Bedford XFX249B © Traveller Dave

Adults didn't have ALL the fun © Traveller Dave

Whoo hooo, here comes THE ALBION ! © Traveller Dave

Devil sticks © Traveller Dave

Julian and Shamel © Traveller Dave

Loretta and friend © Traveller Dave

AEC Reliance BGS 705A © Traveller Dave

Ex Navy Bedford CHA875Y © Traveller Dave

Bedford TK HNY517W © Traveller Dave

Austin HFA 559N © Traveller Dave

Sarah, Pete and unknown Doggy friend © Traveller Dave

Seddon GWX 840J© Traveller Dave

Tat doing washing © Traveller Dave

© Traveller Dave

Tilly's Bedford ABD699A © Traveller Dave

Bedford DFU85L © Traveller Dave

BMC SRO881J © Traveller Dave

Natty little Bedford WXE 298, leaving the festival © Traveller Dave

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Many, many thanks go to Roger Hutchinson , Big Steve , Roger Duncan, Celia, Will , Chazz, Jeza ,Chris Hewitt ,The Fabulous Time Tortoise , Peter Piwowarski - ( 70s music site/photos ) Martin S, Steve Austin ,Traveller Dave, Herb, Tim Brighton, Vin Miles, Haze Evans , Noddy Guevara, Chris Brown, Janet Thompson, David Stooke, Gary Gibbons , Nigel Ayers, Rich Deakin ,Glenda Pescardo,Justin Warman,Brian F, Steve Bayfield, Kev Ellis, Paul Seaton and many other minor contributors for their help in providing the archival material related to these free festivals which has at enabled us to construct the site .

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