I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon in the blazing sunshine at Clarence Park yesterday. It was the St Albans Mela and there was a crowd of well over a thousand to hear Mumzy who Wikipedia tells me is the first and only artist of Bangladeshi descent to have made it in the mainstream British music industry. He certainly wowed the crowd. But I confess I also thoroughly enjoyed the more contemplative atmosphere of the poetry tent where very distringuished and learned men chanted rich rivers of verse. I spent a large part of the afternoon with our mayor Iqbal Zia and it was great seeing the pleasure people took in seeing him wearing his chain.
We talked to many in the crowd - most were from St Albans but a lot had come to St Albans from elsewhere - some from Luton, London and Hatfield and a particularly large contingent from Hemel. I hope this is the first of an annual series - it deserves to do well and grow. Oh, and I should have written that it was all organised by the St Albans Youth Council with just a little help from their grown-up brother. They should all be very proud of what they have achieved.