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Newark Traditions Festival took place over the weekend, with dancing all over town.

By Rachel Armitage

Traditional dances from all over the country were performed in Newark.

The third Newark Traditions Festival took place over the weekend, and began with rapper sword dancers touring the pubs, and a singing session at the Castle Barge on Friday night.

Saturday's festivities began with a procession of 20 morris dance sides in the Market Place, followed by dance displays around the town, including the Market Place, castle gardens, the Old Post Office, and the riverside arena with music and singing sessions in the Fox And Crown and Castle Barge.

Visitors were able to have a go at clog dancing with Twostep or morris dancing with NYFTE in the Quaker Centre, and there were displays of spinning and weaving, and ribbon crafts for children in the castle gardens.

Music and singing continue in pubs in the afternoon and evening, and dance groups and troupes came from all over the UK, including Wales, Northumberland and East Anglia to take part.

On the Saturday evening, there were singing choruses with Hanging Johnny at Just Beer, a ceilidh in the Town Hall ballroom with local band Malt Whiskers and caller Chris Rose and a concert in the Town Hall council chambers with some of the festival’s musicians and singers.

Mike Everett, the festival’s dance organiser, said: "It was a brilliant event and was a big success. There was a great crowd on both days, especially in the market place and the castle grounds.

"We also had our first international visitors, Trachtenburg Neustadt, from Lincoln’s twin town as guests of Poacher Morris and Lincoln and Micklebarrow Morris.”


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