Dursley News - July 2012

It was festival time during July with activities in the town centre on the weekends of 7th and 14th of the month. The main town festival day was unfortunately affected by the earlier very wet weather which meant that the recreation ground was not available. It did go ahead though and crowds gathered to enjoy themselves in the market place and Parsonage Street. The end of July also saw the start of the London 2012 Olympics and there was evidence of this with the giant banner on the swimming pool wall.

Around town work has begun to create a permanent roundabout to replace the temporary structure and the previous traffic lights at the junction of Parsonage Street, May Lane and Castle Street. This should be a great improvement when complete.

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    Bristol Pipes and Drums
The band of the Bristol Pipes and Drums came to town on 7th July at the start of festival week. Starting near Jacob's House they marched and played around the market place and along Parsonage Street.
(July 7th 2012 - copyright Andrew Barton)


    Town Festival
On a day where the town festival activities couldn't use the recreation ground due to earlier very wet weather, the ILU AXE Samba Band from Bristol perform under the Market House.
(July 14th 2012 - copyright Andrew Barton)

Festival procession
The procession, including a 12 foot high figure, makes its way past the Market House and into Parsonage Street.
(July 14th 2012 - copyright Andrew Barton)

    Midland /HSBC Bank sale
The building which housed the old HSBC (Midland) Bank has now been sold although there is currently no evidence of what the building will be used for.
(July 29th 2012 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Roundabout developments
At the Parsonage Street/May Lane/Castle Street junction work continues on the creation of a permanent roundabout.
(July 29th 2012 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    New traffic islands
As part of the roundabout development new central refuges have had to be constructed in Castle Street (shown here) and Parsonage Street.
(July 29th 2012 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    The Priory renovation
The Priory, which stands at the lower end of Long Street and is now used as the Head Office of Lister-Petter, is currently having a major facelift.
(July 29th 2012 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Olympic town
Coinciding with the London 2012 Olympics, a large banner has appeared on the wall outside the swimming pool.
(July 29th 2012 - copyright Andrew Barton)
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