Thousands line streets for Tadcaster Festival

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Thousands packed the streets of Tadcaster last Sunday as carnival fever swept the town.

Over 25 floats paraded through the town on their way to the Magnets Sports and Social Club last Sunday, a day after crowds had danced away to Rockowt at Tadcaster Social Club the previous day.

Mayor Coun Steve Cobb officially opened both events and said: “The residents of Tadcaster deserve a special mention, as they really got behind the carnival last year and are the main reason it’s returned this year.

“People say that community spirit doesn’t exist anymore, but I think today is proof that it very much does.”

Tadcaster carnival was reintroduced last year for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations after an absence of more than two decades.

Taking part in the parade were the Samuel Smiths Brewery shire horses as well as many floats representing the community and The Ambassadors children who were chosen from all fours schools for their behaviour and achievements.

The carnival ended with live music and entertainment and a firework display.

Coun Cobb also paid tribute to young musicians who played at Saturday’s second annual music festival in the car park on St Joseph Street, Rockowt, which showcased their talents and acts from across the region.

“My theme for my second year as Mayor is getting youngsters more involved in the town.

“Tadcaster Social Club offers older youngsters an opportunity to share an interest in music.

“They practice and play together to develop their musical abilities. They share ideas and support each other and above all have fun.

“I am sure you will agree that the standard is very high.

“Thank you to all those playing this afternoon and evening. Tadcaster is proud of you.”

Co-organiser and compere Cliff Edwards said they had 14 acts through the day raning from solo performers to rock bands and by the end of the evening there were litterally hundreds of revellers in the audience.

Cliff said: “This year surpassed all our expectations.

“It was a fantastic day and a great way to celebrate the musical culture in Tadcaster.

“For instance, Wilson Brown comprise members from 17 years to 60 odd years.

“Tadcaster is very fortunate to have such wide ranging cultures and ages working with each other for the benefit of the town and the club.”

He said music from original material to set from the fifties and sixties and rock classics were played.

Stage manager and co-organiser 18-year-old Mark Allison, said: “This year was bigger than last year and we will absolutely be coming back in 2014 with RockOwt III,

“Both Cliff and myself would like to thank everyone who came to the day and especially to all the people who helped get in going, without these it wouldn’t have happened.”

He added: “Next year we will be doing it a little differently with a series of competitions to win a chance to perform a set at RockOwt III.”

And the organisers added that they are already getting the wheels in motion and looking for sponsors to make next year’s event huge.