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Thousands turn out for music and fun aplenty; Shepley Spring Festival 'the best one yet'.

Byline: Chloe Glover News Reporter chloe.glover@examiner.co.uk

THOUSANDS of funseekers turned out for Shepley Spring Festival this weekend.

People from near and far descended on the village to enjoy a weekend of music and fun for a festival which made a welcome return after a one year break.

And the three-day event, held across the village, was hailed the "best one yet" by festival director Nikki Hampson, who has spent the last year scouring the area for talented and unusual musicians to take part.

The main site was relocated from Shepley Cricket Ground, where the last event was held in 2013, to Marsh Lane.

Folk-rockers Steeleye Span, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners the Tweed Project and dance and folk outfit The Demon Barbers XL, who have also won a Folk Award, were just some of the 34 acts that turned the village into a mini Glastonbury and even encouraged hardy folk to camp out to make the most of the festival vibe.

Mesmerising acrobats, jugglers and magicians created surprises around every corner, along with on-street performances from the Bradshaw Mummers and Frumptarn Guggenband.

Festival-goers also got a starring role thanks to the dozens of workshops. There was the chance to have a go at fiddle playing, rapping, dancing or singing in venues such as Cliffe House, Coach House and the village hall.

Meanwhile, a new Baa Baa Bazaar celebrated Shepley's rich woollen history with a variety of woollen crafts.

Speaking about the festival, Nikki said: "It's been absolutely fantastic and has far surpassed my expectations. I think it's the best one yet.

"Moving grounds has been good because it's allowed us to create so much more of a festival atmosphere and it's been so much fun.

"Our dedicated group of 100 volunteers have done us very proud and have come from all over to join us.

"One of my new favourite additions this year has been the Baa Baa Bazaar, which has gone down really well because there have been lots of demonstrations and they were really interesting to see.

"Our festival has really built up its reputation and I've already started looking at artists to book for next year's event.

"That means travelling to events all over the country to bring musicians to Shepley who are offering something a little bit different."

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Maisy Ennion, Jane Middleton of |Art Starz with Katie and Joe Middleton

Joy for Milen Shaw, five, aka |Spiderman as he hooks his duck

Members of the crowd join Stone the Crows in their stick dance

Face painting for Hettie Langrick, |Kate Morley and Cece Langrick

Langrick, Kathryn Mahon and Linda Sullivan of Silkstone |Greens with Tom Besford of the Horwich Prize Medal

There was fun for all the family at the Shepley Spring Festival, which featured shiny clogs with bells on and collectors' badges

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Date:May 18, 2015
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