All together now!

Dewsbury Together Festival, Sands Lane playing fields, Dewsbury. Music, entertainment, craft workshops, Indian dancing, children's entertainment and more were on offer. Isobel, Irie and Zico Cortese make castles in the sand. (d04061149)
Dewsbury Together Festival, Sands Lane playing fields, Dewsbury. Music, entertainment, craft workshops, Indian dancing, children's entertainment and more were on offer. Isobel, Irie and Zico Cortese make castles in the sand. (d04061149)
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A COMMUNITY festival struck the right note with its mix of music, dance, art and traditional skills.

The Dewsbury Together Festival attracted families and music fans of all ages with its packed programme of entertainment and activities.

The free festival in Sands Lane playing fields featured 27 local bands, singer-songwriters, DJs and beat-boxers across four stages as well as street dancers, Indian dancers and circus performers.

Organiser Fionualla Dempsey said: “It was absolutely fantastic. The weather was brilliant and there was a lovely, relaxed atmosphere. Everybody likes a bit of a singalong and a dance. There’s no better way to bring people together.”

Ms Dempsey said she was also pleased that the festival had been able to showcase such a wealth of local talent.

“It really surprises me how much local talent we’ve got,” she said. “Every single act we had on was from Dewsbury, Batley, Cleckheaton or elsewhere in the local area. It’s also great to get the younger musicians mixing with people who’ve been doing this for years.”

Donkey rides, face painting and a miniature beach proved a hit with young families in the children’s area.

Meanwhile, local groups and craftspeople shared their expertise with demonstrations and workshops including archery, bird box building and traditional building techniques.

After Saturday’s festival drew to a close, the celebrations continued with more live music at the West Riding and the Leggers Inn at Savile Town.

Ms Dempsey said the event team was grateful for funding from the National Lottery and Kirklees Council and hoped to win their support again next year.

“I’d like to see Kirklees do a bit more promote the arts and creativity in the town,” she said. “Let’s put Dewsbury on the map for something positive.”

Pick up a copy of this week’s Reporter for more pictures of the event.