‘It’s like a dream to be having this much fun’

FOR PEOPLE outside of the island, the scenes from the weekend’s Guernsey Together Festival looked like an alternative reality.

Thousands of islanders gathered with no masks and no social distancing, to dance, sway, and sing along in unison.

It was one of the first post-Covid festivals in Europe to get the go-ahead, and the 4,000 tickets sold out weeks ago.

It had all the hallmarks of a great festival – pints in cups, stunning outfits, queues for the Portaloos, and giddy revellers.

‘It’s brilliant’ said Aureile Aubert.

‘I feel like I’ve gone back in time, it’s like a dream to be having this much fun, but we’re alive again.

‘We used to take this for granted and I feel really lucky to be living in Guernsey. The only downside is there’s a very long queue for drinks, but the sun is shining and I’m looking forward to seeing Buffalo Huddleston.’

The full day of music had two stages, a dance tent, a traders’ village and a food village.

While some danced, others sat on the grass and caught up with friends.

Alisa Cleveland said it was the best day in ages.

‘I think after a really long year of not getting off the island and not seeing family abroad, it’s so lovely to celebrate the summer at an event like this.’

Egita Strauta was soaking up the atmosphere.

‘I’m really looking forward to spending the day with friends and just having a nice time, the sun’s shining and there’s good vibes.’

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