Spa Festival grows bigger and better

NAWN 1807142AM7 Boston Spa Festival. Members of the Walton Group of Artist with some of their work,  (1807142AM7)
NAWN 1807142AM7 Boston Spa Festival. Members of the Walton Group of Artist with some of their work, (1807142AM7)

Entertainment for young people featured in the third Boston Spa Festival.

The weekend long event was bathed in summer sun and saw a busy programme of events including street art, dance and song performances, model gliders and the highly popular scarecrow trail which attracted 48 entries.

NAWN 1807142AM Boston Spa Festival. John Richardson,   Four Mums in a Boat author Frances Davies, Anne Watts and The Rev. Steve Jakeman. (1807142AM)

NAWN 1807142AM Boston Spa Festival. John Richardson, Four Mums in a Boat author Frances Davies, Anne Watts and The Rev. Steve Jakeman. (1807142AM)

Chief Coordinator Geoff Shaw said: “The Boston Spa Festival just gets bigger and better.

“We had a great programme that was targeted at all cross sections of the community with a particular emphasis this year on young people.

“We had very well attended music events at the Village Hall varying from rock music on Friday to classic American jazz pianists on Saturday.

“If that was not enough Millennium Gardens hosted over four hours of buskers and a brass band on both days.”

NAWN 1807142AM9 Boston Spa Festival. Tom Parker(7) and his brother Oliver(5) meet a scarcrow (1807142AM9)

NAWN 1807142AM9 Boston Spa Festival. Tom Parker(7) and his brother Oliver(5) meet a scarcrow (1807142AM9)

And he added: “Really pleasing was the benefit of being able to use the public space on Church Fields.”

The Fields was the start and finishing point for the Classic Cars and hosted the Stew and Oyster sponsored Big Screen which showed the major sporting finals on the Saturday afternoon.

Celebrity slots were filled by Frances Davies, one of the four women who rowed the Atlantic, in a sell-out literary lunch and Martin Fish and Sarah Hopps fielded questions in the Gardeners Question Time.

Geoff added: “So many people remarked that they had never seen the High Street so busy with the centre area absolutely buzzing.

NAWN 1807142AM5 Boston Spa Festival.  Artist Martin Hayhurst with some young graffiti artists. (1807142AM5)

NAWN 1807142AM5 Boston Spa Festival. Artist Martin Hayhurst with some young graffiti artists. (1807142AM5)

“The new bunting across the High Street was also noted and which was jointly financed by the Gala Committee and Festival Organising Group.

“The Festival was made possible by the enthusiasm of local groups, organisations, businesses and local residents and the residents and people from further afield showed their support by turning out in great numbers to attend the events and clearly enjoyed themselves.”

Festival extra:

Over 500 scarecrow trail maps were bought from Costcutter and Douglas Yeadons. Over 139 returned competition trail maps. Counting the votes the top three were: 197 High Street Michael Jackson, Primrose Lane School Mrs Ward and 7 Moor End Freddie Mercury.

NAWN 1807142AM8 Boston Spa Festival. Donna Erodotou of Boston Spa Acupuncture & Yoga and members work out in thev sun. (1807142AM8)

NAWN 1807142AM8 Boston Spa Festival. Donna Erodotou of Boston Spa Acupuncture & Yoga and members work out in thev sun. (1807142AM8)

Martin Fish and Sarah Hopps answered local gardeners questions with ease and humour. The evening was well supported and enjoyed by all. The event was sponsored by Boston Spa in Bloom.

The Literary Lunch was a sell-out. The event, hosted by the Methodist Church and organised by Anne Watts, featured author Frances Davies, one of the four women who rowed across the Atlantic and wrote a book about their experience, Four Mums in a Boat – “Friends who rowed 3000 miles, broke a world record and learnt a lot about life along the way.”

Mrs Davies enthralled her audience for an hour, with slides and videos that brought the event to life. A light buffet lunch was served and proceeds of the event went to charities supported by the authors as well as the Methodist Church.

Gliders in the Crater was a new event this year run by members of the Tadcaster and District Model Flying Club. It was run as a fun challenge with Hoop, Target and Distance tasks. The Distance task proved the favourite with tiny tots to a retired pilot taking part.

The Aerojet design from the BMFA educational range was used which required some simple assembly but suitable for all ages. The popularity was underestimated and organisers sold out of Aerojets early. Fortunately there were other models so every one could at least have a go.

BigRedCurtain Theatre School, now in their 11th year based at Boston Spa Village Hall, performed twice for Boston Spa Festival, a performance on Saturday incorporating all the students age 6-18 years performing examination pieces from musical theatre and drama. Performing to a full house.

Sunday morning saw some of the BRC students perform songs from The Greatest Showman which was well received again with a large audience.

Glorious weather greeted about 40 proud owners of some beautiful classic cars when they assembled at Church Fields Car on the Saturday.

And the weather stayed fine for them to go on a 75 mile scenic run to The Yorkshire Dales. Refreshments were provided by St Marys’ Church and Boston Spa Scout Group and the scouts demonstrated their lashings and knotting skills.

It was roof down all day as the cars went via Ripley, Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge with its welcoming bunting, up to the open moors, and then returned via the twisty lanes past Fountains Abbey to the starting point.

On their return in the afternoon the crowds were there to greet them and they parked prettily on the grass so that kids, dads and mums could go and see the cars and talk to the drivers. A voluntary collection of £500 was made in aid of the Stables Lane Community park in Boston Spa.