Blustery weather greeted the thousands of festival goers who descended on the 22nd edition of the Jeffreys Bay Shell Festival, which started in the town today.
Fears that the Festival would be overrun by Nigerian traders seem to be unfounded and a strong Municipal Police presence as well as Customs were on hand to check goods and to make sure stall holders were legitimate.
Marj Heyman, head of Kouga Tourism said there were some problems with some of the traders who had not booked stalls and other who were unhappy with the position of their stalls. “We managed to sort most of them out this morning but you will always find those who want to take chances”, said Heyman. “The security around the Festival is good and we are not going to allow illegal trading”.
Rodney Coetzer, the well known “D.J” of the Shell Festival is centrally positioned in his caravan and is keeping festival goers entertained with music and commentary about J’Bay and the residents who pop in to greet him. “It’s been a great start to the Festival and we are looking forward to the weekend ahead”, said Rodney. “Kicking off on a public holiday has seen more people than usual on the first morning of the Festival.”
A stroll around the food stalls would be incomplete without buying a sosatie or two from Cheetahs, while the Friends of Jeffreys Bay Library have some great second hand book bargains.
Despite some of the negativity surrounding the Shell Festival and an extremely limited budget that the organisers have had to work with, there is plenty of entertainment and goodies to buy for young and old alike.