QUOMP SWAMP DELAYS THE STOMP - Stompin on the Quomps Postponed
By Com_Publisher | Thursday, July 19, 2012, 00:48
This Saturday's (21st July) Stompin on the Quomps jazz event has been postponed due the recent consistently wet weather. The popular, al fresco, smooth jazz event will now be held on 15th September. The postponement is due to fears that the riverside venue would not cope with vehicles and large numbers of people involved in such a large event.
Photo courtesy of Andy Cahill of Photoworks at the 2011 Stompin on the Quomps
Event organiser, Adrian Dwyer, said: "The Quomps is a local riverside beauty spot and an attraction for both residents and tourist alike. After consulting with Christchurch Council it was decided that the ground would not cope this size of event in its current saturated state, even if the day itself is dry."
Other safety considerations could also have caused difficulties. One of the surrounding roads along with one of the main pavements, which otherwise acts as key emergency access, is badly flooded. Because of the vast amount of floodwater coming down the river, the height of the River Stour at low tide is above the height of the land drains, so until the river level goes down, Quomps cannot start to drain properly.
At present four bands booked to appear will take to the bandstand on the revised date of 15th September. The souvenir programme, which has full details of the event, is available and only the date has changed. These can be picked up from the Christchurch Information Centre, The Regent Centre, and the Captain's Club Hotel. Details can also be found on the website: www.stompin.org