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Thousands of visitors flocked to Bridlington for the “best ever” Old Town Summer Festival last weekend.

Good weather and a host of entertainment, activities and stalls saw the annual event attract over 3,000 guests to the one-day extravaganza on Sunday 29 June.

The celebrations kicked off with the official Grand Depart song, The Road, by Yorkshire-born Alistair Griffin, which the Old Town Association were permitted to air a day before its release on Monday 30 June.

Councillor Shelagh Finlay, Mayor of Bridlington, was escorted by Bridlington Town Crier David Hinde up High Street to open the festival, accompanied by the Air Training Cadet band.

Coun Finlay said: “It was absolutely brilliant. The amount of stalls, entertainment and activity that was going on was absolutely fabulous. We had a lovely day, everybody came out and it was lovely to see everybody smiling.

“I would like to thank David Hinde and the cadet band for escorting me up the High Street and to all the sponsors. I would also like to thank the Old Town Association for organising such a fabulous event.”

Throughout the day there was a wide variety of entertainment, including the Acoustics Festival in Market Place which featured Bridlington folk artist Ben Parcell.

More than 60 morris dancers from all over the region gathered at the festival and performed to crowds of delighted visitors in Market Place, while spectators also enjoyed the wrestling on Priory Green. Winners of this year’s Tug of War Competition was the team from Priory Antiques.

Dog lovers could enter their pooches into the fun dog show competition, while those interested in drama were treated to performances from What the Dickens theatre group.

New to the festival were cookery demonstrations in the Priory Rooms by chef to rock stars Sarah Muir, while the popular wrestling spectacle took place on Priory Green.

Terry Stubbins, chairman of Bridlington Old Town Association, said: “I think it was the best ever Old Town Summer Festival.

“It was a great day all round, everybody said it was very successful and a really great day. The music festival in the Market Place was excellent and lots of people were watching that.”

He said the Association will now begin discussions into the Old Town Dickensian Festival this Christmas.

David Hinde said: “We were very pleased at all the comments that we had back on the day. People felt that there was quality in the dancing and the singing, and the fact that we made it the biggest Old Town Festival ever, they thought we had brought life to a wonderful event.

“I think it is a great encouragement and it will only encourage further events of this quality in the Old Town as well.

“The morris dancers put on a superb display and the performers were great, in particular Ruby Macintosh.”

 

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