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Roger Hutchinson,

who inspired me to delve deep into the magic of the free festival and who passed away Sept 3rd 2010.

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Rougham Tree Faire.

August ? 1980 .


© Roger Hutchinson

I do have a number of photos somewhere of the few Fairs I attended - these were the Rougham Tree Fairs organised by the Green Deserts charity and as I said they had all the trappings of a free festival but with a lot more resources of tents, stages, entertainment and toilets. More select and far smaller than Glastonbury and lots more fun!!!

I sat in the shade under a 200 year old oak tree and listened to a set by Robin Williamson on the pyramid stage, it was sublime! Superlative!

Roger Hutchinson


© Roger Hutchinson

© Roger Hutchinson


Deflating the Mandarah © Roger Hutchinson


© Roger Hutchinson

© Roger Hutchinson

© Roger Hutchinson

© Roger Hutchinson

Rougham 1980 © Roger Hutchinson

Rougham Tree Fayre 1982

Rougham Tree Fayre History

Tibetan Ukranian Mountain Troupe Rougham 1982

Green Deserts Fair 1985

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Free festivals and small fayres held in the United Kingdom between 1967-90.




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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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