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Another great festival on which the sun shone most of the time.
The festival committee would like to thank the people and traders of Upton for their hospitality over the weekend and hope they enjoyed the colour and sound of our tradition.
We had five competitions this year and I am pleased to announce the results:
Andy Maliphant Memorial Trophy for Morris Announcements
The winners were:
Joint 1st - Black Sheep and Wytchwood
John Birmingham Cup for song writing
The winner of the Upton Heat of the John Birmingham Cup for songwriting 2015 was Dave Collins. The song was called Queen of the Midlands and traces significant geographical and historical points on the River Trent in its journey from Biddulf in Staffs to Gainsborough in Lincolnshire. He can be seen again in the final during Whitby Folk Week in August - and, of course, at Upton 2016.
Dave with judges, Liz Davenport and Graeme Knights
Demon Barbers' Clog Competition
The winners of the Demon Barbers Clog Competition 2015 at Upton were Stony Steppers. The competition this year, compered by Damien Barber, was looking not only for excellence but also innovation. The judges, Alistair Anderson and Tiny Taylor commended them for their sense of fun and their engagement with the audience and for the inclusiveness of the routine which allowed the less experienced dancers to complement the stepping of the more advanced members. Alistair also commended them on the use of the different weights of the steppers - or of the stepping - to create variation in the sound - an impressive innovation!! The wonderful prizes have been made by Phil Howard. Next year we hope to have some entries for the junior competition as well.
The Decorated Duck competition
- Senior, Brenda Thomas
- Junior, Hector Gittins, age 4
The Upton in Bloom Duck Race
1st - Duck 17 - Pawel
2nd - Duck 150 – Acorns Shop
3rd - Duck 80 – Don from The Pudding Shop (who donated his winnings to UiB).
During the festival the customers and public raised over £750 to support the efforts of one of our traders, Bijendra Tamrakar, whose family is bringing relief to the people of Nepal in a direct way.
One of the Folk Festival’s contribution was to raffle a model of the Festival’s Mascot Coenwulf (a cat with a wooden leg and only one eye). A picture of the presentation of the money to Bijendra by The Festival Chairman (Richard Hannah) and Jo Bowmer who made the model. Further information on the Tamrakar Team.
The winner of the raffle for the miniature Folk Festival Mascot was B. Harries of West Heath, Birmingham
Next year the guest list includes:
Richard Hannah – Chairman
Upton Folk Festival,
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