Wat-er great fes­ti­val

Halifax Courier - - Yourcourier - By Ian Hirst

The sec­ond Brig­house Canal, Beer and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val cruised into town over the week­end to the de­light of many thou­sands of visi­tors. Fam­i­lies had a great time en­joy­ing see­ing the canal full of boats and over 1500 peo­ple took a free trip in one of the four boats op­er­at­ing cruises, op­er­ated by The Safe An­chor Trust and the Calder Nav­i­ga­tion So­ci­ety.

On dry land, the town buzzed to the sound of live mu­sic per­formed around the town on three stages by over 30 acts. The mu­sic cov­ered all tastes from brass bands to rock and roll. Roger Davies head­lined a con­cert at the Civic Hall on Fri­day night to open the fes­ti­val and was sup­ported by Plum Hall and Ryan Spendlove.

Over the week­end many other lo­cal favourites per­formed such as Chantel McGre­gor, Blood Sweat & Beers, Bella Gaffney and The Rainy Street Band. Fie, Fie, Fie re­peated their suc­cess from last year as did Black­pool Bridge. New­com­ers to the fes­ti­val in­cluded Caro­line Francess, Weave, The Yum and De­li­cious Bis­cuit. The shows were com­pered by Pete Jones and Natasha Harper.

The or­gan­is­ers, the Brig­house Busi­ness Ini­tia­tive, were greatly in­debted to Barry Smith and Jason Field­house for or­gan­is­ing the mu­sic and for Robert Brett and his team for keep­ing the sound go­ing de­spite at times work­ing in a del­uge.

Pete Jones said: “It was a plea­sure to share the stage with such bril­liant lo­cal tal­ent who were given the won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to show­case their acts. I am sure the Canal Fes­ti­val will be the talk of the north for a long time.”

Visi­tors also en­joyed a street mar­ket with over 80 stalls selling a wide range of street food and lo­cal crafts.

The York­shire Thor­ough­bred Car Club dis­played over 40 ve­hi­cles and held a com­pe­ti­tion for the best turned out car.

The Keighley and Dis­trict Vintage Ma­chin­ery Club put on a work­ing dis­play of ma­chines from yes­ter­year whilst Hal­i­fax and Brig­house model engi­neers gave steam train rides. John Bux­ton, from the BBI said: “It was a joy to see so many peo­ple e n j oy i n g our lovely town and canal. In an era of cut­backs Brig­house is show­ing what can be done if there’s a will.”

Pic­tures from the Brig­house Canal, Beer and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val by Charles Round

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