Villagers go up a gear for festival

Keeping buzzy... youngsters donned a variety of fancy dress for the parade.
Keeping buzzy... youngsters donned a variety of fancy dress for the parade.
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New Scorton Rose Queen Abby Hesketh set off the summer season of district festivals with a colourful procession through the village of Scorton at the weekend.

More than 3,000 people made the trip to Scorton for the fourth Bikes and Barrows three-day festival, which this year launched its first folk festival as part of the attractions.

And the action-packed weekend is set to have pulled in more than £10,000 for village projects.

Revellers praised the festival organisers and volunteers for an ‘excellent display’ over the bank holiday weekend, which included a traditional Spring Fair, Rose Queen Parade, concerts, plays, dog show, wheelbarrow racing and a Songs of Praise event.

Spokesman Joanne Golton said the whole village had gone above and beyond expectation in delivering a bigger, better festival.

She said: “We had around 95 exhibits, which given there aren’t that many houses in Scorton is just fantastic.

“There was something everywhere you looked and already people are talking about their ideas for next year.

“The whole weekend incorporated something from every part of the village, no space was left unused - it’s a massive thing to get everyone involved but it is great for people to come and appreciate what Scorton village has got.”

Helen Hesketh, headmistress of Scorton CE Primary School, said: “The event is now in its fourth year and brings together the whole village in a united fundraiser for the entire village as well as creating a real community atmosphere.

“Visitors from far and wide enjoyed wandering around the picturesque village to see bikes and barrows but also enjoyed a range of other events such as sheep racing, egg throwing, spring fair, a silver band concert, folk festival and a very informative and interesting display of World War One memorabilia in St Peter’s Church.”

The winning entries for most topical decorated bike or barrow were the Scorton Sochi Skeleton and the best in show was the World War One Red Baron.