THE streets of Holmfirth sprang to life over the weekend as the annual Festival of Folk got under way.
Hundreds packed out the village centre, as organisers promised it to be the best yet.
And they did just that, with a whole array of things to see and hear for all generations of the family to enjoy, such as live music, street theatre shows and dance displays.
Visitors were also able to try their hand at learning new skills in some of the many workshops available, including playing the spoons, and Egyptian, French and Appalachian dance.
This is the third year of the new look Festival of Folk since a new team of volunteers took over and returned the weekend to its grassroots.
Cath Ingham, one of the organisers of the Festival, said; “We really couldn’t have asked for a nicer weekend – the weather has been absolutely fantastic and the crowds have been amazing, there have been loads of people turning up.
“All the comments we have had from visitors so far have been very positive. Obviously the weather has been a great help, but we are just so happy were able to put on a good show for everybody.”
Possible one of the more popular events was the children’s concert, whereby five schools from the Holme Valley performed different dance acts for audiences at the Civic Hall.
The performances were part of the Arts4All initiative in which Kirklees Children and Young People’s Service had provided funds for five artists to work with valley schools leading up to the festival.
Those taking part were Wooldale Juniors, who performed traditional Longsword dancing, Holme School, with an English folk song, Lydgate School, who worked with the Shabang Theatre, Netherthong Primary with the Caribbean carnival dance and arts, Holmfirth J&I, who were taught Indian music, dance and arts.
One parent, whose son took part in the concert, said: “They really did put on a great performance and it was so popular with the visitors. The Civic Hall was packed.”
With the sun blazing out throughout the day, it wasn’t surprising that many of the outdoor activities proved very popular.
Crowds gathered to get a glimpse of Barnsley-based Ritmo Unido, with their Samba rhythms performance.
The group are veterans of the Holmfirth Festivals, and popped up throughout the course of the day never failing to impress audiences.
This years festival ran from Friday evening through to Sunday.
Some of Sunday’s highlights included a festival service at St John’s, Upperthong, and the welcome return of Colonel Custard and his Punch and Judy show.
Ms Ingham added: “I think this year has certainly been the best turn out so far and we have really loved organising the fantastic events we have had to offer. We can’t wait for next year and bring in even more celebrations.”