Music, dance and comedy as Wath Festival returns

Wath Festival 2014.  Youngsters from the Murillo School of Dance perform the Maypole dance.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Wath Festival 2014. Youngsters from the Murillo School of Dance perform the Maypole dance. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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Music, comedy, culture and local traditions are set to bring a burst of fun to Wath-upon-Dearne when the 43rd annual town festival returns this weekend.

More than 5000 visitors are expected to line the streets and pile into venues to watch dozens of bands, dancers and street entertainers across the May Day Bank Holiday.

Rotherham man David Adnitt, 64, chairman of the organising committee, said: “It is a fantastic celebration of folk music and world culture.”

Former Fairground Attraction singer and Brit Award winner Eddi Reader will headline the festival at Montgomery Hall on Sunday at about 9.30pm.

Other top acts taking to the stage at the hall include folk duo Chris While and Julie Matthews on Saturday from 8.30pm.

#Running alongside the main event will be the community festival, which promises a full programme of events on an action-packed Saturday.

John Healey MP will officially open the community festival this morning, Saturday, at 9.30am, followed by street dancing, comedy routines and a maypole dance.

A procession will then lead up to All Saints’ Parish Church where reverend Sue Hobley will carryout the throwing of the bread buns from the church tower at noon, a tradition which dates back around 200 years.

Live music performances take place in a marquee in the grounds of Wath Town Hall all afternoon. The festival finishes off with a performance by the Doncaster Youth Swing Academy in the parish church on Monday at 7.30pm.