Fun times as annual Wath Festival returns this weekend

Wath Festival 2013. Lizzie Dripping perform in the square
Wath Festival 2013. Lizzie Dripping perform in the square

Music, comedy, culture and local traditions are set to bring a burst of fun to Wath-upon-Dearne when the 43rd annual town festival returns this weekend.

More than 5000 visitors are expected to line the streets and pile into venues to watch dozens of bands, dancers and street entertainers across the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

Rotherham man David Adnitt, 64, chairman of the organising committee, said: “It is a fantastic celebration of folk music and world culture.”

Former Fairground Attraction singer and Brit Award winner Eddi Reader will headline the festival at Montgomery Hall on Sunday at about 9.30pm.

Other top acts taking to the stage at the hall include ceilidh band Black Beards’ Tea Party on Friday at 9.30pm and folk duo Chris While and Julie Matthews on Saturday from 8.30pm.

Running alongside the main festival will be the community festival, which promises a full programme of events on an action-packed Saturday.

John Healey MP will officially open the community festival on Saturday morning at 9.30am, which will kick off a morning of street dance from school children, comedy routines, maypole dancing and music from the Barnsley Samba Band.

A procession will then lead up to All Saints’ Parish Church where vicar Sue Hobley will carryout the traditional throwing of the bread buns from the church tower at noon to the crowds below.

A marquee will be set up in the grounds of Wath Town Hall for a full afternoon of music and games on the Saturday. The Doncaster Youth Swing Academy will perform in the church on Monday at 7.30pm.