The Saturday varied from rather damp to torrential downpour. Allegedly there was five minutes of sunshine at one point, too. Despite this foul weather, Viking re-enactors, TS members in costume (including hairy Hobbit feet!), and those who could open umbrellas without looking 'out of period' all seemed to be having a great time.
Simon Tolkien opened the weekend. His opening address related the site of the Mill to Tolkien's writings. This was an excellent beginning to the event.
For me, other highlights of the first day included Birmingham's poet laureate reading a poem she had composed for the event, and Hobbit poetry; the mill itself: the Tolkien Society's exhibition: and the wonderful smells from a stall selling herbs.