Sounds and spectacle flooded the streets as thousands of people enjoyed a weekend of music and dancing in Holmfirth.

The town’s Festival of Folk once again drew huge crowds eager to sample the large variety of entertainment on offer during the three-day event.

And the weather could not have been more glorious as music fans lined the streets to drink in the festivities.

Over 50 acts encompassing every genre of folk music took part in events all over the town.

Morris dancers take lunch and relax in the memorial park at Holmfirth Folk Festival
Morris dancers take lunch and relax in the memorial park at Holmfirth Folk Festival

The vibrant procession through the town on Saturday was as popular as ever and drew big crowds.

Other highlights included a mass ukulele gathering involving groups such as Beaumont Park, Holme Valley Music Centre and Hot Banana Music as well as several local schools.

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Top artists such as New Model Army, 80s singing star Paul Young and folk singer Kate Rusby wowed the crowds at the Picturedrome.

There was also plenty of dancing, open mic sessions, street entertainment, workshops and children’s events.

There has been a folk festival in the town for over 40 years and the community-based event has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

See the performers below!

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Chairman Alex Bywaters was delighted with the response from the crowds this year.

He said: “We’ve had sunshine and some fabulous acts. What more could you ask for?

Spectators relax in the memorial park at Holmfirth Folk Festival

“It has been a really fantastic festival and a real spectacle to look out and see wall-to-wall people enjoying themselves with drinks in their hands.

“It’s a formula we’ve had for the last 10 years and it’s good.

“It is a good quality event and we make sure it is as accessible to as many people as possible, from families to hardcore folk enthusiasts.

“It brings Holmfirth to life.”

A crowd at the Holmfirth Methodist Church watch school children perform at Holmfirth Folk Festival
A crowd at the Holmfirth Methodist Church watch school children perform at Holmfirth Folk Festival

In previous years the festival has attracted people from around the world to take part.

However, with just a small committee of around eight members, more help and funding is needed to keep the festival alive.

A public meeting has been organised for May 16 at the Bengal Spice in Dunford Road at 7.30pm.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the event and having their say in what they want to see at future festivals is welcome to attend.