Young stars shine at festival

Fyling Hall School pupils arrive at Whitby Pavillion for the first day of Eskdale Festival''Picture: Ceri Oakes   w130912
Fyling Hall School pupils arrive at Whitby Pavillion for the first day of Eskdale Festival''Picture: Ceri Oakes w130912

THE cream of Whitby and district’s talent have wowed judges in the first two days of the town’s Eskdale Festival of the Arts.

The festival, which has been running since 1902, kicked off on Wednesday and continued yesterday at Whitby Pavilion.

Young poets and actors impressed the competition’s adjudicator with their poetry and drama performances which were watched by proud parents, fellow pupils and members of the public.

Festival secretary David Rowland said: “We have had lots of small people doing poetry. We had a wonderful collection of them from Airy Hill School as well as pupils from Sleights and Fyling Hall.

“When you think, they are so small to stand up on the stage in front of all those people and read their own poem or reciting it off by heart, is quite daunting. I’m very impressed by all of them.”

Mr Rowland said he was also amazed at the variety of drama performances which have ranged from Shakespeare to the surreal as well as a piece on depression.

On Sunday, a jazz lunch will take place from noon at Whitby Pavilion while the competition continues on Monday until Thursday.

The whole festival will culminate in the Boyes Gala Concert next Saturday.