Folk Week reaches dramatic conclusion

Goathland Plough Stots perform at Whitby Folk Week
Goathland Plough Stots perform at Whitby Folk Week

WHITBY Folk Week concludes today as the hugely-successful celebration of traditional music comes to a climax.

During the week concerts, readings and workshops have brought revellers from all over the world together to celebrate traditional forms of music, song, dance and storytelling.

Director Barry Evans said: “Apart from the wet weather which dampened spirits for the outside entertainment, the festival seems to have gone very well.

“There’s been a lot of very successful events and we’ve had full houses at a number of them.

The event concludes tomorrow as the final parade strolls through the town, making its way to The Bandstand, where a large dance show will take place at 4.30pm.

This will then be followed by a number of events, the culmination of which is the final ceilidh at the Pavilion.

Chris Stephenson, finance director, said: “I think one of the best things about this week is we have had a really good welcome from all the accommodation and all the venues.

“Tomorrow forms part of the last day and they go up onto the moors and collect heather and they put it on a frame, called a garland.

“It’s carried around the town for the parade with Morris men holding it and pipers ahead, then the garland goes back to the Spa and at one in the morning it’s brought into the middle of the hall.

“It’s a token of good luck for the next year, we collectively sing a song called Wild Mountain Thyme and everyone takes a bit home.

“It’s a chance for everyone to meet up and say goodbye for another year.”

l FOR a full look at the week’s festivities check out Tuesday’s Whitby Gazette.