I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the organisers of the Looe festival for arranging the event so well. It was a pleasure to walk the streets late at night and to encounter such a pleasant crowd.
Ihave to confess to a negative attitude as is detected from previous blog entries but the festival ran like clockwork. Admittedly I was only in Looe until Saturday evening but by then I had met a good number of visitors, all of whom impressed me by their generocity of spirit. They had come to enjoy the festival and even the weather was not going to dampen their enthusiasm. Thank you so much for all that you brought to us.
We also benefitted in the "old Rusty" from weary festival goers who saw the comfortable chairs (the best in Looe, I was reliably told by one customer!) and came in for a drink and rest. We had possibly the busiest day of the year but also posssibly one of the happiest days also. The staff were encouraged by customers and we all enjoyed being available. Of course our takings were greatly increased by their custom which will in turn be ploughed back into the charity for the benefit of the residents of Looe. This is an important back door way in which the festival has benefitted the lovely people of our town.
I suppose I am now far too old to appreciate a lot of what was played but it is not all about me. The music has finished, the crowds are gone, the organisers have completed their jobs and the streets are returned to us cleaned and free from clutter but something has been left behind: a lot of happy memories and a hope that there might be a similar event again next year. Can I ask is it possible to get David Gilmore or one of the old rock legends for us olduns?? If not how about Brit Floyd as a substitute?
I was saddened that the Christian event "let the Son shine" was cancelled as that would I believe have added an important dimension to the festival. Christian music is often a much maligned media but it is written for a different purpose. It is all for the glory of Christ who died at another festival time. It was the time of the passover when the Jews celebrated their release from slavery in Egypt. That event pointed to the great event of the death of Jesus who on a cross paid for the price of sin. That causes Christians to write great songs of praise to God for His amazing grace. Most will know that great hymn but here are the words to inspire any who might be reading my rambling thoughts:
Amazing Grace Lyrics
John Newton (1725-1807)
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
When we've been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.