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Visitors enjoy first Musicport on Moors festival

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Goathland’s recently opened community centre played host to the first ‘Musicport on the Moors’ festival over the May bank holiday weekend.

Visitors enjoyed four days of workshops and music, with everything from local folk to rock and international performers.

The artists included Under the Sun, Old Time Rags, James Brunt, the Matt Anderson Quartet, Duotone and the Hut People. There was also workshops with broadcaster Ian Clayton, singing workshops, tai chi and hang drum lessons.

Local Labour parliamentary candidate Hugo Fearnley, who lives in the village, opened the event on Friday. He paid tribute to the huge efforts and community spirit of Goathland residents who have organised the fundraising necessary to hold the festival.

Mr Fearnley said: “The spirit of community activism that has brought this festival together, in this place, is a testament to the principle of ‘think global, act local’.

“At a time when publicly funded services to citizens are on their knees and people acting in concert to help each other is more needed than ever, this community centre and the people who made it happen are sending a message.”