International textile festival gives English town a boost
A small town is using its textile past to help forge a profitable future, as Mary Jane Baxter reports from Stroud in Gloucestershire.
Lizzi Walton is struggling under the weight of 25,000 brochures, and she is inundated with calls.
It is a good job she can multi-task because she has got plenty to do.
From this tiny office in the middle of a small Gloucestershire market town, Lizzi is running an international festival – one that will see some 15,000 visitors swell the local streets this month.
So are we talking music, literature or the latest fad, food – all of which are now popular festival fodder?
No, this festival is all about fabric or, to be more precise, textiles – and it is already into its sixth year.