Old Town Festival a ‘phenomenal success’

Bridlington Old Town Summer Festival Incorporating the Town Crier competition NBFP PA1327-18h Town Criers

Bridlington Old Town Summer Festival Incorporating the Town Crier competition NBFP PA1327-18h Town Criers

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Hundreds of visitors turned out in the sunshine to enjoy Bridlington’s Old Town Summer Festival last weekend.

The weekend in the historic Old Town began with the Festival Feast on Friday 5 July, followed by the EYMS Brass Band’s concert on Saturday.

On Sunday celebrations got under way for Old Town Day, with the food and craft fair, Old Town Show and the first Bridlington Old town Criers’ Competition.

Diane Davison, Old Town Festival chairperson, said: “It was an absolutely phenomenal weekend, the weather helped enormously. Considering it clashed with Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, the turn out was phenomenal.

“The town crier competition was superb and the atmosphere was brilliant.”

This year the Summer Festival joined forces with the Priory 900 anniversary year, which features a six-month programme of events to celebrate the historic building.

The town crier competition, which saw 12 criers from across England compete against each other, was organised by Bridlington’s Town Crier, David Hinde.

The winner, judged on volume and clarity, accuracy, confidence and bearing along with diction and inflection, was John Robinson, Biddulph Town Crier. He was presented with the Dickie Fletcher trophy, named after a well-known Bridlington Crier from the 1800s.

Mr Hinde, who also celebrated his birthday on Sunday, said: “It was fantastic. The amount of work that has been put into this has been quite tremendous. I think the afternoon setting in front of the Priory facade, and the crowd sat mesmerised on the grass was fantastic.”

During the Summer Festival week, which ran from Saturday 29 June to Sunday 7 July, a number of events took place - including fundraising for the Kingfisher Cafe and the Hinge Centre.

For more information on the festival visit www.bridlingtonoldtown.org and to find out more about Priory 900 visit www.priory900.org