ROARING RETURN – mayor Michael Smith and mayoress Anne Murray helped welcome back the festival

ROARING RETURN – mayor Michael Smith and mayoress Anne Murray helped welcome back the festival

WOKING SUMMER FESTIVAL made a storming return after the disappointment of last year’s cancellation – much to the delight of residents and organisers.

The 2011 showcase, set up by the Woking District Rotary Club, had to be called off due to difficulties in organising the event usually held on the playing fields of The Winston Churchill School in St Johns.

But more than 2,000 people welcomed its return with live music, breathtaking acrobatic performances, stalls, raffles and tombolas at a new venue in Woking Park. All proceeds will go to the Macmillan Cancer Trust.

Membership and publicity chairman Peter Kleyn said: “It was almost like starting again.

“It was our first event at Woking Park and everything was a new experience but we are very happy with how the day turned out.

“Woking Borough Council want us to make it a regular event but we’ll haveto sit down and raise the issue at our
September meeting.

“It would be fantastic to get Woking Summer Festival on the calendar as a major
annual event.”

A collection of vintage cars gave the afternoon a touch of class. Among the admirers were Woking mayor Michael Smith and mayoress Anne Murray.

Surrey Pipe Band gave the festival a Highland feel, but it was the band of circus performers who stole the show.

Acrobats stunned the crowds with somersault routines and tightrope walks, while clowns and stilt-walkers entertained children with balloon animals and facepainting.

KEY - Lewis Hamilton's two-stop strategy set up his victory

KEY – Lewis Hamilton’s two-stop strategy set up his victory

PHENOMENAL Lewis Hamilton stormed to the top of the drivers’ championship leader board with a special win in the Canadian Grand Prix.

The McLaren ace becomes the seventh different driver to top the podium this season after overhauling rival Sebastian Vettel to seal a second Canadian triumph in three years.

Hamilton’s first ever career win came at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2007, and with Jensen Button clinching a first place finish last season, McLaren’s monopoly of Canada now stretches all the way back to Robert Kubica’s win in 2008.

That emotion inside, it’s like an explosion. It’s really just incredible. It’s what I love best about motor racing

Efficiency in the pits combined with Red Bull’s reluctance to stop more than once paved the way for Hamilton to collect 25 valuable points and hoist him above Fernando Alonso and into pole position in the standings.

After securing the 18th win of his career and the first of an up and down season, Hamilton said: “It’s a phenomenal sensation to come back to Canada and put on a performance like we did today.

“This win feels as good as my first Formula 1 victory back in 2007. In fact I’d say it’s one of the best races I’ve had for a very long time.

“I feel fantastic, to be honest. Just brilliant. I could hardly believe it when I was driving across the line.

“That emotion inside, it’s like an explosion. It’s really just incredible. It’s what I love best about motor racing.”

Hamilton twinned aggression and maturity to edge his war of attrition with Vettel.

His two-stop strategy proved pivotal as he capitalised on his rivals’ fading tyres to move from third to first in the final few laps.

“I always knew today’s race was going to be incredibly tough. So, in the first stint, I was really pleased that I could keep up with Seb, and at that point I already felt sure I’d be involved in the fight for victory.

“Our strategy was always for a two-stopper: we knew it was going to be the fastest way to get to the finish. I looked after my tyres really well today, and I used them knowing we were going to two-stop.

“I had 100 per cent control and understanding of what was happening in the race – it was one of our best races for that. I told my race engineer, Andy Latham, to keep the information flowing, and he was fantastic today.

“I always knew where I was losing or gaining time, which really helped.

“Every win is different. Every victory is new, special and fresh. And to see the team all wearing their Vodafone ‘rocket red’ victory T-shirts, knowing the guys back at the factory are doing the same, makes everything feel even more special.

“Finally, the support from the fans has been amazing – this victory is dedicated to them. I’m so grateful to be here today.”

CLOSURES - the Tour Series will mean road closures across Woking

CLOSURES - the Tour Series will mean road closures across Woking

ROAD closures will hit Woking as the penultimate leg of the Halfords Tour Series returns to the borough.

The town centre will be closed to traffic on Tuesday, June 12 from 10am until midnight but residents and shoppers will still be able to access car parks within Peacocks and Wolsey Place shopping centres via Lockfield Drive.

The routes affected include:

  • A320 Guildford Road from the Sovereigns Pub to Lockfield Drive (including Victoria Road)
  • Goldsworth Road from A320 Victoria Way to Coign Church roundabout
  • Church Road West from Coign Church roundabout to A320 Victoria Way.

Diversion routes will be in place while the road closures are in operation and motorists using the Monument Way diversion are advised to follow the diversions already in place.

Woking Borough Council’s Tour Series Project Manager Geoff McManus insisted the early closure of the town centre was paramount to the smooth running of the event.

He said: “The roads need to be closed at 10am to allow for the Tour Series course to be built by a specialist technical team.

“Once complete, some of the key routes around the Town Centre will be transformed into a high-speed professional circuit; ready for the Community Races starting at 12.30pm and the action-packed professional races starting at 5.15pm.

“Last year 12,000 people lined the streets to watch the penultimate leg of the Tour Series unfold.

“Motorists are advised to plan ahead and check whether or not they will be affected by the road closures and also to leave a little extra time when travelling into and out of the Town Centre.

“Visitors to the town are urged to use trains or public transport, or in the spirit of the event, travel by bike.”

For more information about the Tour Series, visit  www.cyclewoking.org.uk/tourseries