Murray and co to give local economy a boost

Comedian Al Murray will perform in front of a sell-out crowd on Friday
Comedian Al Murray will perform in front of a sell-out crowd on Friday

A three-day music and comedy extravaganza in Pocklington is set to give the local economy a boost, with more than 2,000 people expected to flock to the festival.

The Platform Music and Comedy Festival, taking place at the old station in Pocklington, will get underway today.

Many hotels and B&Bs in the area are fully booked for the next three days, with the town set to welcome an influx of visitors who will be attending the festival.

Among the Pocklington that are fully booked for at least one day during the festival are The Feathers Hotel, on Market Place, and The Yorkway Motel, on the A1079 in Pocklington.

Rachel Young, who works at The Yorkway, said: “We are fully booked on the Thursday and Saturday and have just one room left for the Friday.

“I think the event is good for the town and local businesses.”

American singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will kick off the festival. The five-time Grammy Award winner is set to entertain a sell-out crowd this evening.

There will be lots of laughter tomorrow when top comedian Al Murray comes to town. Murray will be performing The Pub Landlord’s Summer Saloon show at the festival. He will be joined by comedians and special guests Chris Ramsey and Craig Campbell. Tickets to see these popular comics have all been snapped up.

On Saturday, contemporary folk band and BBC Radio 2 Folk award winners Bellowhead will be taking to the stage of the old station. Saturday’s line-up also features The Magic Numbers, The Shires, Stornoway, David Ford, Buffalo Skinners, Barcode Zebra, The Grand Ole Uke of York, Dan Webster, Beth McCarthy and more. There is limited availability for tickets to the festival on Saturday.

Janet Farmer, manager of Pocklington Arts Centre, which is staging the festival, said: “The line-up reflects the reputation Pocklington Arts Centre has gained within the arts and entertainment industry since opening in 2000 and highlights the calibre of artists we are now able to attract to the town.

“With audience figures set to exceeded 2,000-plus over the three days, the festival will have a hugely beneficial impact on the local economy, with the majority of local hotels and B&Bs already fully booked. I am sure local restaurants and bars will also experience increase trade over the weekend. The event has received extensive region wide media coverage, which will only further increase public awareness of the town and the fantastic facilities it has on offer. A huge thank you must go to Brass Castle Brewery and York Wine and Beer Shop have sourced a fantastic range of drinks for the festival.”