Festival pulls in the crowds

Vintage Belles
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Festival-goers flocked to Bielby at the weekend to enjoy a feast of live music.

The fourth annual Bielby Music Festival, which has been hailed “the best ever”, saw about 350 people descend on the village last Sunday evening.

The event presented its most diverse line-up to date, with brass band The Community Band kicking off proceedings and creating ‘The Picnic’ atmosphere the festival is becoming renowned for.

The Vintage Belles, made up of seven ladies from Darlington, performed 1940s harmonies and songs, while Edwina Hayes charmed the audience with a mix of her own songs and covers.

Local bands Lucky 13, Crazy Horses, Robber Johnson, Work in Progress and Stickleback delivered a range of blues, rock, country and folk.

Pocklington teenager Livvy Rooks also took to the stage, as did Pink Cadillac with guest performers.

Ian Simpson, who organises the festival with Richard Coe, said: “It was a fabulous event. It was the best ever.

“We improved the stage this year and that worked very well.

“It was really well attended. It wasn’t too busy. Everyone found space to sit.”

More than £1,000 was raised from the event, which will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.