A RECORD 1,500 people attended the third annual Goring Pride festival at the Catherine Wheel pub.
The event, which had a theme of “the summer of love”, was organised by outgoing landlords James Dawe and Tim Schulz.
It was the pair’s final day before handing over to new landladies Michelle Brachet, Vanessa Cooke and Katrena Derricourt, who all live in the village.
The Station Road pub was decked out in rainbow flags and many guests dressed in Sixties- style “hippy” costumes. One man dressed as an American GI with flowers stuffed down his rifle barrel.
A barbecue, pizza oven and outside bar ran throughout the afternoon and there were performances by 10 local bands including The Generators, who headlined.
The event was hit by three thunderstorms with torrential rain but revellers remained and sheltered under marquees until these had passed.
Mr Schulz said: “The first storm hit as we were setting up and it was still raining when the first band came on. We all thought, ‘oh no, what have we let ourselves in for?’
“However, the people of Goring came through for us and we had an amazing day. They ran for shelter during the first storms but after a while they had their beer jackets on!
“We had the most people in fancy dress this year so it was very colourful and a great way to say goodbye. Lots of people were wishing us well and there were a few tears.”
Mr Dawe and Mr Schulz took over the pub in 2012 and won the restaurant category in last year’s Best Thames Local awards.
They are getting married next month and will be moving to Somerset to launch their own brand of cider. They hope to move back to Goring once the business is up and running.
Mr Schulz said: “We’re very excited about the future and confident that the pub will continue to be successful under the new management.”
Pictured: Tim Schulz and James Dawe with successors Vanessa Cooke, Katrena Derricourt and Michelle Brachet