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Thousands visit Gloucester Quays for Festive Fayre and Hobbit parade

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 15, 2013

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DRAGONS prowled the streets of Gloucester Quays as wizards and orcs greeted the crowds on a special night down by the Docks.

It may have been Friday the 13th, but there was no fear factor on fright night as blockbuster The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug launched at the new Cineworld.

The film is the second of three based on the JRR Tolkien classic and the perfect movie to help publicise the new 10-screen cinema that opened to the public last week.

Tyler Davies, from Longlevens, was excited about seeing the film.

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“I loved the Lord of the Rings and the first Hobbit film was good so I’m expecting big things,” he said.

Steph Lucas, from Tuffley, said: “I think the costumes are a bit scary for the young ones but it is a great atmosphere. I’m not a big fan of these type of films but I’ll probably go and watch The Hobbit now.

“I prefer the shopping to the cinema, but the Docks look great.”

The special Middle Earth themed parade coincided with the start of the Quays Festive Fayre, with shoppers taking to the streets to grab a bargain from a range of new stores and eateries that opened this week.

And the event was a great opportunity for shoppers to pick up one-off items from craft and art stalls selling bespoke, handmade items.

From didgeridoos, clove and spice seasonal decorations, Hobbit-inspired carvings and sweet and savoury food stalls, there really was something for everyone to enjoy.

Shopper Andrew McNought, from Brockworth, said: “The Quays seems to have sorted out their parking issues, we had no problems finding a spot. It was a good atmosphere, not too busy and there was lots to see. The Hobbit characters were great and added to the excitement, especially with the children.”

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  • jas37  |  December 17 2013, 10:43AM

    Walker100b, You have just demonstrated one of the ways that the City centre has benefited from the Quays development. Many others do as you did, any many of these (including me) wouldn't visit the City centre anywhere near as often if the Quays didn't exist.

  • Walker100b  |  December 16 2013, 11:57PM

    I have to say, I went on Saturday. I didn't buy anything. I walked into the centre and got some things there. But it was well organised, brought in the crowds and I enjoyed it. Well done to all concerned.

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  • TheMoanerLeza  |  December 16 2013, 5:05PM

    The selector is an example of the attitude and demographic that has for many years, underpinned the Gloucester economy and retail experience. Cheap, poor quality goods and low end restaurants and fail to embrace positive change the fact that sometimes better quality lasts longer and is more expensive.

  • peh45  |  December 16 2013, 5:01PM

    If you didn't go how can you comment, stop being so negative. The majority enjoyed it as did my grandchildren, that's what it's all about, people enjoying themselves. It is rather silly commenting on something you never attended.

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  • The_Selector  |  December 16 2013, 12:28PM

    I didn't attend, you're quite right. This is because I have attended previous such events and found them to be mainly selling overpriced goods. If that wasn't the case this time, then fine, but I wasn't going to wander around a really busy event just to come away either empty-handed or empty-walletted!

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  • peh45  |  December 16 2013, 11:47AM

    Well done all concerned, another great event, things are looking up. As bah humbug The Selector states that they did not go, try it, you might enjoy it. You don't have to buy anything, just have a look around. It was quite fun....enjoy it.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  December 16 2013, 11:43AM

    The_Selector - How can you say most the the goods where over priced when it appears you didn't go there, I did and didn't think it was over priced just good quality in the main, if you want to goto a supermarket and do your Christmas shopping and purchase presents made in China then good on you it's nice to see you support small and local producers!

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  • The_Selector  |  December 16 2013, 11:04AM

    I'm sure it was very nice, and the atmosphere at these things tends to be good, but I have to say that most of the stuff on sale is so overpriced, you can end up spending a fortune before you know it.

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