Victorian Weekend a subdued success

Victorian Weekend''Dr Crank the chimney sweep
Victorian Weekend''Dr Crank the chimney sweep
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ROBIN Hood’s Bay’s Victorian Weekend drew visitors to the village as the streets, usually deserted at this time of year, rang with traditional festive tunes and the gentle murmur of carols.

On a still Sunday night a small group held a torchlit procession through the town, with villagers peeking out of their doorways to watch the host pass.

The group then huddled at the Dock to sing carols, a peaceful end to a subdued Victorian Weekend.

Organising committee member Kevin Pepper said: “It went really well, although it was a bit quieter on the Sunday.

“There were less people wandering the streets but what we found was that people were eating and drinking or going to the events which were inside, so from our point of view it was a real success.”

From Royalty to smugglers and chimneysweeps, the weekend had seen regulars don their period glad-rads and be joined by a band of tourists who came to take part in some festive japery.

The weekend had been kicked off last Friday afternoon at old St Stephen’s Church by the children of Fylingdales Primary.

They donned traditional costume and treated parents, grandparents and friends of the school to some Victorian festivities.

Class One played a moving rendition of ‘Silent Night’ with handbells and Class Three with the help of teacher Lisa Clarkson performed a Christmas poem.

Eliza Carthy from the world renowned folk family also stopped by to sing before years two and three read quotes and poems.

The performance was finished off with everybody joining in for ‘Away In A Manger’.

In the context of Whitby’s goth weekend and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s wartime weekend, Bay’s own costumed event seemed quiet, but the real fun was to be had inside, whether it was musical revellery taking place in a busy pub or beside an open fire in a cottage which had opened its doors and where people gathered around the fire to share tales of Christmases long ago.

This had been the 18th Victorian weekend in ‘Bay, and following the huge disruption caused by the snow in 2010, many had expected a spectacular return to form, but upon the evidence of last weekend, the recovery is more likely to be slow but steady.

The next Victorian weekend will be held on 7-9 December 2012.