Festival another fine day for Ulverston

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18 June 2017 6:50PM

A TOWN’S festival honouring its most famous son was awash with sunshine, colour and party fever.

Another Fine Fest enjoyed the best of the weekend weather in Ulverston with the streets and pubs taken over by the celebrations.

More than 100 live performances delighted the thousands who descended on the town to mark the birthday of Stan Laurel.

Mark Greenhalgh, co-organiser of the event with Dave Crossley, said: "It's been an absolutely wonderful weekend. It's been fantastic to see so many people come out and enjoying themselves.

"The weather has been amazing and it's really made the festival this year.

"It's brought everyone out and it's really been a wonderful weekend."

There was something for everyone in almost every corner of the town, with eleven stages in place to cater for all musical needs.

For many of the music lovers flocking to the town, it was a bittersweet day.

This year’s festival was the first since the death of Collie Stewart, a well-loved figure in the Furness music scene and a frequent performer over the years.

Such was the love for the singer-songwriter, two pubs dedicated stages to him, with musicians taking to the Colliewood Stage at the Kings Arms, and The Collie Stewart Stage at the Piel Castle throughout the day.

The festival brought a variety of entertainment to the town, with surrealist stand-up star Tony Law kick starting proceedings on Friday night at the Laurel and Hardy Museum. The museum on Brogden Street played host to a number of comedy acts throughout the weekend.

Kids were well looked after too, with The Sun Inn’s car park turned into a bouncy castle extravaganza, as well as an abundance of family fun in Market Square, where crowds packed the streets to dance, sing and laugh.

Pubs and cafes spilled out beyond their walls into the streets as revellers basked in the sun.

Many of the shop windows were transformed with drawings of the man of the hour himself, while others were filled wonderful art.

Poppies Café and Bistro, on Union Street, dedicated its window to the victims of the Manchester bomb attack last month.

Amy Bleasdale, who owns the shop with husband Michael, said: “We do something every year and we’d planned to do something for Star Wars this year.

“The guy who does it is a friend of ours and he’s from Manchester. After the attack happened we decided we wanted to do something for it.

“We thought it would be quite nice to do and we’ve had some really positive comments on it. We’re really pleased with it. He done the majority of the work but it looks really good.”

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