August 14, 2008
Festival is About the Folk
THE folk world descended on Saltburn over the weekend for the town's 11th international festival of music, dance and song.
Folk fans enjoyed morris dancing displays, song-writing workshops and singing while youngsters were treated to Punch and Judy and story telling.Steve Robinson, 57, of Huddersfield was among those appreciating the music.
As he listened to the Harmony Happening workshop in the Conservative Club featuring The Wilson Family he said: "This is probably the tenth time we have been, we come back every year. It's amazing.
We love to hear the singing and it's a lovely, friendly, little town."
Paul Lucas co-organiser of the event said: "People seem to have been enjoying themselves. We have had some good feedback already.
"We have a hardcore of people who always come to Saltburn but we have people here for the first time as well."
The market also attracted huge crowds with its speciality foods and craft fairs.
Milo Thelwall of Loftus played his fiddle to attract customers to his Totally Natural Skincare stall.
He said: "With it being the folk festival I thought the music would go down well and attract musicians to the stall."
Grandmother Jillian Sellers of Ormesby was among the crowds watching the Punch and Judy show.
She said: "We come every year. We have been to the beach and looked round the stalls but it's the music we enjoy most."
Mike Morrissey of Saltburn said the festival brings about 3,000 people to the town.
"It's good to see all the free entertainment.
It creates a good atmosphere."
The weekend featured well-known folk star Vin Garbutt and performances from Marske Fisherman's Choir and the Darlington Mummers.
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