The Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza 2013 was a roaring success. The 4th, 5th and 6th May saw Llandudno’s streets heaving with the crowds who had come to enjoy the town’s annual Victorian themed fair. We were lucky with mild, sunny weather for the May bank holiday weekend as Llandudno became filled with traditional Victorian costumes, train rides, music, fairground rides and traditional Victorian style performances.
Many prizes were awarded for races and other competitions and there were small, early petrol engines on display. There were large numbers of spectators and participants, especially in the daily parades, which saw many new additions this year, including the Bollywood Burnout Dancers. It was obvious a great deal of work and preparation had gone into making the weekend a success from all those involved.
This was also the weekend of the 20th annual Transport Festival in Craig Y Don. 30,000 people attended last year and thousands came this year too. The variety of vehicles was truly impressive.
Llandudno shops witnessed a boost in customers and visitors brought by the numbers attending the Extravaganza in the town. People come from near and far to holiday in Llandudno and this festival is a great opportunity for Llandudno’s tourism and economy. The Extravaganza celebrates Llandudno town’s Victorian roots but it is also one of the best known Victorian Festivals in the UK. In the 19th Century Llandudno first became a holiday destination with the addition of the Pier, the Orme’s tram and many excellent hotels on the seafront.
The Extravaganza Committee is still searching for a new town crier, since the death of David Gwynford Price last November. Judging by the popularity of the Extravaganza this post will attract many hopefuls soon. The chosen candidate will receive lessons to perfect their town crier skills. If any wish to audition to be next year’s official town crier for the Victorian Extravaganza they should contact a member of the Extravaganza Committee soon!