A day of entertainment and music brought an East Yorkshire village’s community spirit to life as live acts took to the festival stage right through into the night.
Over 1,300 people from the village and neighbouring areas flocked to Shiptonthorpe playing fields for Fete in the Field and for the evening music festival, Folk in the Field recently.
The chair of the committee that organised the festivities, Sue Beadle, said by arranging the events, they hoped to bring people together for a lovely day in the sun.
She added: “We’re so glad the visitors came to support this fantastic village event, enjoy performances from a great mix of acts on stage and make the most of the entertainment and stalls.
“Thanks to all of the artists and to everyone who supported us and made it a fantastic day. You can only hope when you plan an outdoor event, that the sun will shine and it will turn out just as you’d imagined
“It was amazing to be part of an incredible team that worked their socks off to deliver a great experience, day and night! Thank you to all involved and a huge pat on the back for a fantastic Folk in the Field.”
The daytime Fete in the Field was opened by Caroline Fox, chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who was presented with a bouquet of Shiptonthorpe grown flowers by villager Harriet Thompson, also a performer with the first act to entertain the crowd, Starbrite Studios.
There was something for everyone with a birds of prey display, children’s games, a Tug of War competition, 30 stalls, a beer festival and a dog show that was organised by Wicstun Vets.
Love Hog Roast stallholder Julian Hackford was delighted with the turnout at both events. He said: “We enjoyed an awesome day and I think we can safely say the crowds had a great time too. It was a pleasure to attend and see so many happy faces.”
Acts including young local artists Frankie Turton and Evie Barrand, Pocklington’s Red Sky Ukulele band, Alterego, Dogfinger Steve, Chris Blashill, Edwina Hayes and the ACF band performed during the daytime Fete while folk artists Flossie Mallavielle, the Nick Rooke Band, Jack Patchett and the Bramble Napskins entertained the crowds in the evening.
Flossie Mallavielle kicked off the evening’s proceedings and said: “This is an amazing little festival in a gorgeous field, brilliantly organised by the friendliest of people. It’s small but perfectly formed and it was my pleasure to perform there – I hope I’ll get asked again.”
Paul Grinstead from Driffield, who attended the Folk Festival, said: “This was a superb evening with great music. We’d like to say congratulations to the organisers, Sue Beadle, compere Dogfinger Steve and the entire team.”
The date for the 2018 Fete and Folk in the Field events has been set for 30th June.