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Vegan festival comes to Aylesbury

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7:52am 10th June 2017
(Updated 11:46am 11th June 2017)

A touring vegan festival is in Aylesbury today.

They're the organisation behind the three-week festival, which celebrates their 40th anniversary.

The thriving organisation's schoolteacher founder, Jean Pink, was raised here.

To mark the occasion, Aylesbury Vegans has organised a vegan bring and share party at Aylesbury Friends Meeting House, 4.30pm, to which both vegans and non-vegans are welcome.

The Aylesbury event comes on the last day of an ambitious three-week festival that has been coordinated by Animal Aid to mark its landmark birthday and to celebrate its part in the phenomenal rise in interest in plant-based foods.

From small beginnings, when a group of women led by Jean began the campaign by giving out out hand duplicated leaflets to commuters at London underground stations, the widely respected national organization has grown enormously, as has the popularity of the vegan diet it has championed from the start.

A 2016 Ipsos MORI survey of almost 10,000 people in the UK found that there are now more than 500,000 vegans in the UK - a rise of more than 350% in ten years.

Animal Aid spokesperson Mark Gold said:

"We were so pleased when Aylesbury Vegans decided to get involved with the Vegan Festival of Britain because it seemed the perfect place to hold a final day event.

"Although she had married and moved to Kent by the time she formed Animal Aid, Jean Pink had grown up and gone to school in Aylesbury.

"When she began the organization from her living room and promoted a vegan diet in 1977, people must have thought she was crazy, but here we are - 40 years later - with respect for animals and veganism increasing all the time and the benefits to people and the environment - as well as animals - becoming widely recognized."

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