Dance is a fine thing at Wimborne Folk Festival

Bournemouth Echo: GETTING STICK: Andrew Barlow performs GETTING STICK: Andrew Barlow performs

THE 30th Wimborne Folk Festival went off with a bang as crowds joined together for fun in the sun.

The town’s militia fired shots as they and mayor Terry Wheeler led the colourful and noisy main procession on Saturday through streets lined with people.

Around 45 dance troupes from across the country took part, along with the Bournemouth Gugge 2000 band, Wimborne First School and Pamphill First School.

Founder Brian Bisp led the way, and said he was pleased with the street-party vibe.

“Having the High Street a bit messed up because of last year’s fire has been a shame,” he said.

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“But the community has come closer together to make it happen.”

Wife Maria estimated 20,000 people were browsing the stalls.

“Everything’s gone to plan,” she said. “The weather’s been absolutely lovely and all the teams have enjoyed themselves.

“We’ve had a really good response.”

One-year-old Molly Kuhme, from Bournemouth, was jiving away to the Appalachian dancers in the Corn Market.

Mum Snow said: “It’s great to come along and soak up the atmosphere.

“I knew she’d love the jingle of the dancers jigging.

“We’ve also been sampling the gorgeous food, it’s fantastic too.”

It was Worcestershire Foxes Morris dancer Andrew Barlow’s third year, performing four half-hour shows in black face paint and coloured tassels.

“We really love it here,” he said. “It’s all about having a good time and shaking your stuff.”

The White Hart’s door supervisor, Simon Webster, said fears of drunken disorder had not materialised.

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“We’ve had no trouble,” he said. “Just a few kids trying to get in under age – that’s it.”

“Everyone’s been really happy, and just been enjoying themselves.

“With CCTV, talking to the Police and other pubs, we’ve got it covered.”

The event was held over three days from Friday to Sunday.

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11:08am Mon 14 Jun 10

Derf says...

“We’ve had no trouble,” he said. “Just a few kids trying to get in under age – that’s it.”

I was in Wimborne high street yesterday and saw loads of blokes trying to beat each other with sticks... the police just stood by and watched, the crowd were smiling and taking photos!
It's a sad inditement of todays society!
“We’ve had no trouble,” he said. “Just a few kids trying to get in under age – that’s it.” I was in Wimborne high street yesterday and saw loads of blokes trying to beat each other with sticks... the police just stood by and watched, the crowd were smiling and taking photos! It's a sad inditement of todays society! Derf

8:53am Tue 15 Jun 10

baron hardup says...

Fair enough,but what do the other 6 Derfs think?
Fair enough,but what do the other 6 Derfs think? baron hardup

5:20pm Wed 16 Jun 10

John Howard Norfolk says...

Whitethorn Morris were at the Wimborne Folk Festival and thought it was one of the best ever. It was good to see Brian Bisp taking the salute for the big parade on Saturday and I noticed he was around for the all day dance displays and even the late night ceileidh!
All the festival organisers deserve our thanks for a great event. Also thanks to so many local people who provided such a warm welcome: the Wimborne Methodist Church provided a much needed venue to rest between our dance spots and their tea and cakes were good too!
Whitethorn Morris were at the Wimborne Folk Festival and thought it was one of the best ever. It was good to see Brian Bisp taking the salute for the big parade on Saturday and I noticed he was around for the all day dance displays and even the late night ceileidh! All the festival organisers deserve our thanks for a great event. Also thanks to so many local people who provided such a warm welcome: the Wimborne Methodist Church provided a much needed venue to rest between our dance spots and their tea and cakes were good too! John Howard Norfolk

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