GALLERY: Thousands support YMCA at Mendip Mower Racing and Family Festival

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 September 2017

Mendip Mower Racing.

Mendip Mower Racing.


An 'amazing' bank holiday festival has raised thousands of pounds for a charity which supports young people and their futures.

Mendip Mower Racing.Mendip Mower Racing.

More than 2,000 people filled the fields of Cross over the three-day weekend for the YMCA Somerset’s Mendip Mower Racing and Family Festival.

The four-day extravaganza started with an open air cinema screening of Hot Fuzz on Friday followed by a classic car show and beer festival on Saturday.

By Sunday it was time for the main event – the mower racing – which saw drivers from the British Lawnmower Racing Association reach speeds of up to 40mph as they vied for the top position at event in Turnpike Road fields.

YMCA Somerset Coast chief executive Martin Hodgson said: “We hold the event to highlight the problem of youth homelessness, the positive impact of our work and to raise funds to keep this going.

Mendip Mower Racing.Mendip Mower Racing.

“The team worked really hard to make sure there was something for everyone to do throughout the weekend, alongside the racing.

“We could not be more pleased with how it went.

“The feedback we had from guests and everyone taking part was brilliant and the support we had from the community and all who came from far and wide was amazing.

“We need to thank all our guests, the dedicated mower racing fans and the organisations who sponsored and supported us, in fact a huge thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the bank holiday sun.”

Mendip Mower Racing.Mendip Mower Racing.

Mr Hodgson said the YMCA aims to bring people together and to support them in areas they excel in.

Plans are already underway for next year’s festival, which aims to be bigger and better than ever before.

The YMCA’s director of operations in Sedgemoor, Georgina Jones, said: “We have already had lots of ideas for how we can make this event even better next year and really put it on the map.

“The British Lawnmower Association are keen to return and we are thinking of even more ways we can entertain families over the bank holiday weekend.”

Mendip Mower Racing.Mendip Mower Racing.

The event raised £5,000 for the YMCA to put towards its work across the county.

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