Letter: StrEAT Festival - Bigger and better than ever

Streatfood Festival. Fiona Cartright, Harriet Atkinson and Claire Atkinson. (1708263AM3)
Streatfood Festival. Fiona Cartright, Harriet Atkinson and Claire Atkinson. (1708263AM3)

Before the barrage of protestations regarding the degradation of the precious Victorian Valley Gardens I think it is pertinent to call out and congratulate the organisers of the annual StrEAT festival.

This years was bigger and better than last year and showcases the true cosmopolitan nature of our town rather than the ‘fur coat and nae knickers’ bigotry of ‘old money’ residents whwo cannot see beyond the geraniums and house values of The Gate.

Harrogate needs to be more embracing and cosmopolitan and events like this help to cast off the constraints of protectionist and myopic attitudes that sadly all too often stand in the way of progress.

Tim Farley

Harrogate