UPDATE: Wessex Folk Festival hits all the right notes

Dorset Echo: Wessex Folk Festival hits all the right notes Wessex Folk Festival hits all the right notes

HUNDREDS flocked to Weymouth for the weekend's Wessex Folk Festival.

Live music performances, displays of traditional Morris dancing and food from around the world saw the crowds pack into Brewers Quay and the harbourside.

Crowds gathered round the two stages, joining in with traditional music including songs like 'The Wild Rover,' or watched as dancers dressed in traditional Morris gear and as pirates danced in the street.

The festival ran across the weekend, but Sunday saw the busiest day as the sun came out and everyone was in a party mood.

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Hope Square played host to a lively ceilidh on Saturday night and there was a concert featuring singer-songwriter Reg Meuross at Hope Church.

Border Morris dancers Anthony Padfield, Andy Walters and Ian Purvey were from OBJ Morris. Their dances come from the villages on the border between Wales and England.

They said Morris dancing was part of keeping the traditions alive.

Mr Padfield said: “And it's fun. You meet lots of nice people.”

The crowds were treated to all sorts of traditional dance displays from Morris to tap and clog, accompanied by lively music, bells, accordions, guitars and fiddles.

The harbouside was packed with dancers in all sorts of costumes from black with bright coloured rags and hats with feathers in, to red, white and blue and traditional white.

Shirley Harraway had come down from Moreton, she said she thought the festival was fantastic.

Dorset Echo:

Terri Nash, 17, from Weymouth, was also enjoying the event.

She said: “On a scale of one to ten, I'd definitely say it's a nine. It's just fun isn't it?”

Jack Vaughan, also 17 and from Weymouth, added: “I think it's really good. I think it brings everyone together.”

The visitors were treated to a variety of things to eat and drink, with stalls featuring hog roasts, fish and chips, wild boar sausages, Thai, Indian and crepes, lined up along the harbouside.

One of the organisers Amy Hopwood said it had been a brilliant event with everyone from young to old getting involved and having fun.

She said: “There was a really good atmosphere.”

She added: “It's been great.”

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11:14pm Sat 31 May 14

westbaywonder says...

Dance of the Morris.LOL
Dance of the Morris.LOL westbaywonder
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5:10am Sun 1 Jun 14

Tonyglyn says...

It's folking great.
It's folking great. Tonyglyn
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3:38pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Chris Deacon says...

This years Festival was nothing less than you would expect from such a dedicated, hard working and well 'Folkused' team.
It was a pleasure and priviledge to be part of it, both at the sessions and on stage.
The whole event had a positive and happy feel to it which was ratified by the fantastic turnout of performers and visitors alike. It was also gratifying to see the mix of people proving that Folk in all it's facets can successfully bridge the age gap .
Congratulations 'Wessex'
We hope that we may participate again next year.
Chris
on behalf of 'LE' Rooster
This years Festival was nothing less than you would expect from such a dedicated, hard working and well 'Folkused' team. It was a pleasure and priviledge to be part of it, both at the sessions and on stage. The whole event had a positive and happy feel to it which was ratified by the fantastic turnout of performers and visitors alike. It was also gratifying to see the mix of people proving that Folk in all it's facets can successfully bridge the age gap . Congratulations 'Wessex' We hope that we may participate again next year. Chris on behalf of 'LE' Rooster Chris Deacon
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