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Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth

This past weekend saw a trip to Southampton and then to Weymouth, Dorset for the Wessex Folk Festival. Henry Bourne was able to join us too. My brother Anthony was thankfully able to do the driving. (I'll make a Folkie of him yet). On Thursday last week we visited some very dear friends of mine in Southampton who were all photographed by Henry. My thanks go to Maureen, Ron & Maggie and Jeanette & John, for their time and continued support. The next day we made our way to Weymouth and dropped Roberta (the caravan), and set off to explore. Weymouth is a picturesque seaside town and has some wonderful architecture. On Saturday morning we set up on the North Quay and I was joined by the novelist, Kit Berry author of the Stonewylde trilogy. Kit was signing her books and chatting to fans and it was great to meet her. She kindly gave me the set of Stonewylde books which I'm very much enjoying.

The people of Weymouth were incredibly supportive towards the project and some very useful contacts were made. I met Mark North and Robert Newland, the team behind the Dark Dorset website, which has much information on the folklore and mysteries of Dorset.

weymouth_01.jpgWeymouth Keyside

The artist Dominic Shepherd also came by to say hello. Late on Sunday afternoon a chap called Kevin Mart donated several wonderful Punch and Judy puppets to the museum collection, for which I'm very grateful. My thanks also go to Paul Openshaw, Pat Green and Pauline Clenshaw for all their help.

weymouth_02.jpgKit Berry, Simon Costin, Pat Green and Pauline Clenshaw

All in all, the Weymouth festival was a fantastic trip. Next stop, the Leigh Folk Festival.

weymouth_03.jpgThanks to Kevin Mart