Shropshire festival hailed a major success

Bishop's Castle Arts Festival was today hailed a resounding success, with thousands of people attending scores of exhibitions, workshops and concerts.

Shropshire festival hailed a major success

A five-day celebration of arts, crafts and music, the festival ended last night with a performance by harmony group Rapsquillion and an open mic night for young people at the Three Tuns.

Other events over the five days ranged from singing workshops and Morris Dancing sessions to storytelling, making things with scrap and other craft workshops, brewery tours and food and other talks. There were also exhibitions throughout the five days.

Two of the most popular concerts featured Benji Kirkpatrick of Bellowhead joined by local friends and a concert by his brother, John.

Chairman of the Arts Festival and the owner of Gallery 18 in Bishop's Castle Sue Willmer said it had been a fantastic festival.

"It's been brilliant, the best yet," she said.

"This is our fourth year and we are attracting more and more people and putting on more and more events.

"We hold the festival during half term so that families and children can come along and put on some of the craft workshops with children in mind."

Mrs Willmer said the main ethos of the festival was that there should be free entry. "We wanted to ensure that no-one was excluded," she added.

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