1,000 children take part in annual folk dance festival

The Cathedral Green of Wells was awash with colour on Saturday as more than 1,000 brightly dressed children took part in the 41st annual Somerset Schools Folk Dance Festival.

The children, who represented 58 primary schools from across Somerset, provided a spectacular sight for the hundreds of parents and family members who turned out to watch.

The event was officially opened by Cllr Christine Lawrence, the Chairman of Somerset County Council, and dancing was led throughout by the Backroom Band from Priddy.

Despite early concerns about the weather, the day remained largely dry and the sun was shining for the last dance which saw parents and dignitaries invited to join the children, filling the green with more than 2,000 people.

David Hayward, Executive and Liaison Officer for the Somerset Association of Primary Headteachers and Officers (SAPHTO), who is responsible for organising the event, said: “Once again we have witnessed an event that is unique to Somerset.

“The success of the Festival is a joint effort between schools and local community organisations. My grateful thanks go to the Globe Carnival Club, Wells Cathedral, the Backroom Band and others without whom this event would not be able to take place.

“We are all looking forward to next year’s event on Saturday 11 June 2016.”

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “It is always a delight to see hundreds of children from across the county performing together in this magnificent setting.

“It has been enjoyed by families for generations and I hope it continues long into the future.”