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Annual OxFest on Oxhey Green: Musical talent was 'remarkable'
A village green rocked as local musicians showcased their talents at an annual music festival.
Between 700 and 800 people gathered on Oxhey Green on Saturday for the third annual OxFest.
Visitors enjoyed five hours of live music ranging from acoustic guitar to beat boxing, played entirely by local people.
The festival was set up by the Oxhey Village Environment Group and put on entirely by volunteers.
Despite ominous grey clouds the rain held off, meaning people could sit out on the green.
Morag Jordan, who helped organise the event said: "Oxfest is all about involving the young people in our community and giving them a voice.
"It was a great sight on Saturday to see hundreds of people on the green of all generations.
"The very youngest members of the audience seemed to particularly enjoy the music and were skipping to the beat.
"The event really brings the community together."
Every soloist and at least one person in each band had to be an Oxhey Village resident in order to perform.
Guitar soloist Jamie Cheung, who has lived in the area all his life, played covers and original music.
Also featured were young five-piece band called The Ivies, who have played all over Hertfordshire and performed their first single during the festival.
Ms Jordan added: "What was really remarkable about Saturday’s line-up was to hear so much talent from such a small geographical area."
There local scout group ran a barbecue and visitors were able to enjoy street food from the Village Kitchen and refreshments LJs Coffee House.
Much to the delight of the younger members of the audience a fire engine from Bushey also made an appearance, to highlight and petition against the threatened closure of Bushey Fire Station.
Ms Jordan said: "We would like to thank everyone who helped make the event so enjoyable.
"We’re already looking forward to OxFest 2014 and to celebrating our wonderful local community."
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