Teenagers hit the ramps at Cam skate festival
Joel Neal, 16, of Thornbury, flying high at the Scratch N Skate festival on the Jubilee Fields in Cam on Saturday
FAMILIES enjoyed themselves at a festival in Cam at the weekend, which is aimed at giving young people an opportunity to show what they are capable of.
The ninth Scratch N Skate festival at the Jubilee Playing Fields on Saturday, August 3 proved to be as popular as ever with various competitions and demonstrations held showcasing youths' abilities on scooters, skateboards and BMXs.
As well as the competitions, those new to the sports were also encouraged to give them a go, regardless of age or ability.
And those not willing to try their hand on the ramps were not left out either, as numerous activities including a graffiti workshop, laser quest, bouncy castle, inflatable bungee run and face-painting were also available.
In addition to a barbecue, around 250 visitors also enjoyed music from nearby school bands and DJs throughout the day.
Young Gloucestershire, which provides youth activities across Dursley, Cam, Berkeley and Wotton-under-Edge through the South of Stroud Youth Partnership, was also at the event with their interactive bus.
The free event, run by 3C Community Church, was supported by numerous organisations including Cam Parish Council, Dursley Town Council, Dursley Lions, Magnox and Renishaw.
Chairman of the festival’s committee, Hazel Davies, said the day went well and she was pleased that a lot more younger children were taking part.
"We hold it as a free event on purpose because there’s a lot of families who can’t afford to go to other festivals or on holiday and there’s a wide range of kids that use scooters, bikes and skateboards in the area," she said.
"It’s just an opportunity for them to show off their skills when they would not usually have the opportunity to do so. It gets the community together as well, they are really proud of it and look forward to it every year."
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