Dickensian delight turns back time

NBFP PA1547-7b Dave & Debs Duke from Flamborough with there horse chestnut roaster
NBFP PA1547-7b Dave & Debs Duke from Flamborough with there horse chestnut roaster

Bridlington turned back the clocks to the Victorian times as it played host to the annual Dickensian Festival.

The event attracted thousands of visitors to Bridlington Old Town for a day packed full of entertainment, food and crafts.

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Bridlington Old Town Dickensian Festival NBFP PA1547-7c

Bridlington Old Town association chairman David Hinde said: “It was a phenomenal event, the most successful Dickensian Festival we’ve had.

“It makes it all worthwhile when you see everyone 
walking around with happy smiling faces. This festival is organised by a small group 
of volunteers and we manage to make such a great event each year and keep improving it.”

The festival kicked off with a parade led by town mayor John Copsey and town crier David Hinde with the Bridlington Air Training Corps drummers.

Entertainment was on 
offer throughout the day with Coastal Voices, Hunmanby Silver Band, Morris dancers, Punch and Judy and the Dickensian stilt walkers from the Flambe Circus.

Bridlington Old Town Dickensian Festival NBFP PA1547-7n Morris Dancers

Bridlington Old Town Dickensian Festival NBFP PA1547-7n Morris Dancers

More than 65 stalls were present on the day and an array of refreshments were also provided including hot caramel popcorn, crepes, Polish sausages and mulled cider.

There was a fantastic response to people dressing up in Victorian outfits with a number of prizes given out for the best dressed male, female and children.

The best dressed man was Jason Bowers with Diane Swain sharing the women’s title.

“A big thank you has to go to all the local businesses who sponsor the event to help us to put on such a great event and provide more entertainment than ever before,” said David.

“Also a thanks to everyone who came down and helped with putting up the stalls and to people who turned out despite the poor weather. There was a sustained quantity of people throughout the day and we can’t wait for next year.”