SLIDESHOW: All the fun of the festival

Hundreds of people turned out for this year’s Don Valley Festival at its new Edlington home.

The popular festival took place in Sir Thomas Wharton Community College. and saw hundreds of competitors taking part in classes right across the spectrum in speech, drama, music and art.

Rainbow Connexion hold the Harry Dobson Trophy for the group drama section at the Don Valley Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe

Rainbow Connexion hold the Harry Dobson Trophy for the group drama section at the Don Valley Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe

Festival president Dorothy Weaver said competitors and festival-goers alike enjoyed the event and were extremely impressed with the new venue.

She said: “Last year we celebrated our centenary so it was really appropriate to begin our next hundred years in a new place.

The college is a world away from how we first started in a little hut in Mexborough and everyone was really pleased with the facilities.

For the first time in many years all the classes were under the same roof, making it much easier for competitors and spectators.

Categories include humorous verse and acting solo Shakespeare and all winners were awarded medals, trophies or certificates.

Matthew Palmer was named overall winner in the music section for the second year running, Thomas Watts was the overall winner in the speech and drama section and the York Male Voice Choir won the male voice choir competition.

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