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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Furness Tradition Festival in Ulverston

ULVERSTON town centre’s cobbled streets were paved with entertainers, storytellers and visitors for a popular annual folk festival.

Some performers had travelled hundreds of miles to Ulverston to take part in Furness Tradition Festival.

Revellers in their hundreds supported the musical event during the weekend.

It kicked off on Friday night at Red Rose Club, in Victoria Road, with Furness Tradition Community Band performing.

A traditional coffee morning and free street events started on Saturday from 9.50am, which included gymnastics, dancing and live music.

The colourful sword-wielding Kirkburton Rapier Dancers and Furness Clog Dancers took to the streets for a number of tunes.

Peter Scott, 67, has been a member of Kirkburton Rapier Dancers, a group who had travelled from Yorkshire, for more than 35 years.

Mr Scott, a granddad-of-eight, said: “We are dancing all day and at the Coronation Hall in the evening.

“This is our second year at this festival. We came back because we had such a good time last year.”

Crook Morris, based in Kendal, and Eccleston Heritage Clog group stunned audiences with their cheerful rhythm and moves.

Legs Levens and the Limestone Cowboys – which provided traditional dance from the Appalachian mountains in the US – also performed.

Costumed storytellers Wakeman Mummers performer Dave Blight, 64, said: “The festival is brilliant. This is our eighth year coming here.”

The group uses music to tell stories about death and resurrection, and morality.

Afternoon treats included storytelling with Ian Douglas, pub music sessions and a harp concert.

The festival lasted until yesterday which featured dance shows and workshops outside the hall, followed by the Farewell Concert with special guests.

Furness Tradition treasurer, Andy Frame, said on Saturday: “There’s been some excellent music and dancing this year.

“I think the Wilson Family are particularly amazing.

“Everybody seems to enjoying themselves so far. It’s a really good family atmosphere.”

Festival secretary Les Ord said: “It would be hard to find the variety of things we have here elsewhere. That’s what makes us stand out.

“People like that it’s traditional and historical.”

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