Folk ready to cel­e­brate

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good - by Michael DeFroand mde­froand@thek­m­

TEN­TER­DEN Folk Fes­ti­val is de­fy­ing the eco­nomic cli­mate as plans for its stag­ing progress well, ac­cord­ing to its or­gan­iser. Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Alan Cas­tle claims that fund­ing and prospects are good for this year’s event, to be staged through­out the town from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 2, to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 4. He said: “Events will take place in a va­ri­ety of venues in­clud­ing The Ten­ter­den Club and St Mil­dred’s church hall, the Wool­pack, the White Lion and the Vine. “The craft fair will, as usual, take place on Satur­day and Sun­day in the As­sem­bly Rooms of the town hall, with more stalls in the High Street.” He added: “More than 35 mor­ris sides and other folk dance teams – many new to the fes­ti­val – have al­ready signed up for the week­end and will be danc­ing around the town.” The an­nual fes­ti­val, which at­tracts mu­si­cians and fans from around the world, has also re­ceived a boost to its fund­ing af­ter be­ing awarded a Grass­roots Grant through the Kent Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. Mr Cas­tle said: “The grant will help us to pro­mote the fes­ti­val and up­grade some of our equip­ment.” The fes­ti­val has also re­ceived a do­na­tion from the Con­certina Char­i­ta­ble Trust, a char­ity which makes grants to char­i­ta­ble bodies which pro­vide mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment for the el­derly.

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