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Mells Daffodil Festival open for business - despite rain

Carlos Acosta opens a slightly damp Daffodil festival. Credit: Daisy Steel

The annual Mells Daffodil Festival in Somerset is underway, despite rain making life difficult for festival-goers.

Organisers have had to ban cars from the site because of the recent heavy rain. But they are laying on free buses from Frome and Radstock.

It was opened by world-famous dancer Carlos Acosta this morning, 2 April 2018. It has all the activities you would want for a village event this time of year - Easter bonnet competition, dog show, Morris Men and plenty of music right through the day.


The Wurzels set to headline Mells Daffodil Festival on Easter Monday

Mells Daffodil Festival has been taking place every Easter for nearly 40 years Credit: ITV News

Thousands of people are expected to descend on a small village near Frome on Easter Monday, for the annual Mells Daffodil Festival.

Somerset band The Wurzels are headlining the event, which has been held every Easter for nearly forty years.

It will be opened by ITV News presenter Charlene White. Organisers are promising a fun day out for all the family.

We've got hundreds of street stalls, Morris dancers, a Town Criers competition, food from around the world and loads of activities for kids. We were a bit worried about the weather forecast for Monday but it looks like Storm Katie will have blown away by the time things get under way. We're keeping our fingers crossed the sun will be shining when The Wurzels come on stage at 3pm.

– Daisy Steel, Mells Daffodil Festival Committee


Daffodil festival near Frome returns after being cancelled due to flooding

There has been a daffodil festival in Mells since 1979 Credit: Mells Daffodil Committee

A festival in Somerset which was cancelled last year following unprecedented rainfall is returning on Easter Monday, and will be opened by our very own weatherman Bob Crampton.

The Mells Daffodil Festival near Frome is an annual event which has been taking place in the village since 1979. It regularly attracts more than ten thousand visitors.

As well as a dog show and an Easter bonnet competition, organisers say there will be Morris dancers, Town Criers, a chilli eating contest, circus skills, ferret racing and live music.

The festival is due to open at St Andrew's Church in Mells at 11am.

The festival will be opened by ITV weatherman Bob Crampton at 11am Credit: ITV News

Somerset festival cancelled due to last year's floods WILL go ahead

The Mells Daffodil Festival will be held on Easter Monday Credit: ITV News

Organisers of the Mells Daffodil Festival say this year's event will go ahead in April. Last year they were forced to cancel, following heavy rainfall which saturated the fields used for the popular event.

A statement has been released on the festival's Facebook page.

It reads: "After last year's decision to cancel following unprecedented rainfall and flooding, the Mells Daffodil Festival WILL be back this year. It will be happening on Easter Monday - April 6th 2015 - so please save the date."

The festival, which has been running since 1978, is usually attended by thousands of people.

This year organisers say the popular Town Crier competition will be back, as well as a number of stalls, and an Easter bonnet parade.

Money raised from the festival will be donated to community organisations.