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Fes­ti­val stays strong de­spite dou­ble trou­ble of rain and the credit crunch

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? -

DREAD­FUL weather and the credit crunch didn’t sap the strength of this year’s Ten­ter­den Folk Fes­ti­val.

De­spite Sun­day’s per­sis­tent down­pours and the fi­nan­cial squeeze, hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds were still made for the lo­cal econ­omy and crowds poured in.

Ho­tels were booked up months in ad­vance and mu­sic events were sold out.

Alan Cas­tle, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor and trus­tee of the Ten­ter­den Folk Day Trust, said: “Other fes­ti­vals this sum­mer have been rained off by bad weather and been af­fected by the credit crunch.

“But I am pleased to say we have put hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds into the lo­cal econ­omy, in fact all ho­tels in the town cen­tre were vir­tu­ally booked up six months in ad­vance.

“We have more than bro­ken even, in fact ad­vanced ticket sales were dou­ble last year’s.

“I think peo­ple wanted a fi­nal fling be­fore the win­ter sets in and the fes­ti­val sea­son is over.”

The three-day town cen­tre fes­ti­val kicked off on Fri­day evening with a Wel­come Barn Dance at Ten­ter­den Club. Fri­day evening events were in­doors and thus un­touched by weather, and dry spells on Satur­day kept out­door ac­tiv­i­ties thriv­ing.

De­mand for the Satur­day evening con­cert at the High Street’s White Lion pub was so great that vis­i­tors had to be turned away.

The nearby Wool­pack pub was also filled to the brim for the sea songs and shanties af­ter­noon on Satur­day.

Sun­day’s mis­er­able weather meant far fewer stalls were put up and many mor­ris dancers were un­able to per­form out­doors.

But over­all at­ten­dance dur­ing the week­end main­tained the event’s av­er­age of more than 2,000 peo­ple.

Mr Cas­tle said: “I would like to thank all the or­gan­is­ers, traders and those at­tend­ing the event for their sup­port and I look for­ward to see­ing them all again next year.”

Ten­ter­den Folk Fes­ti­val is in its 16th year, and be­gan as a one-day at­trac­tion in 1993.

This year’s event brimmed with mor­ris dancers in colour­ful cos­tumes, con­certs in­clud­ing lunchtime acous­tic ses­sions, street stalls and a beer fes­ti­val and hog roast.

The event closed with a fi­nal au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion sin­garound at the Wool­pack on Sun­day night.

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Royal Lib­erty, from the East End, per­form out­side The Vine Inn

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Dacre from Lewisham per­form out­side the HSBC

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Cinque Ports mor­ris per­form out­side the Ken­tish

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