Somerset Children flock to folk dance festival

26th June 2009 at 01:00

More than 1,000 children used Wells Cathedral as a backdrop last week as they spent the day performing traditional dances organised by their teachers.

Around 1,500 pupils from 72 schools took part in the 35th Somerset Schools' Folk Dance Festival.

After parading through the city from St Cuthbert's churchyard, accompanied by local civic dignitaries, the children gathered to perform in colourful costume.

The event was organised by Somerset Association of Primary Head Teachers and Officers, which represents all 220 primary heads in the county.

David Hayward, executive officer for the association, said: "This hugely popular event is great for children and their parents.

"It has been running for more than three decades - and no wonder as it is a wonderful, colourful spectacle in a magnificent setting.

"The involvement of local community groups and businesses within the area helps make it the fantastic success it has been over the years."

David Taylor, the county's director of children and young people, said: "Somerset county council are dedicated to supporting the musical, creative and artistic talents of children across Somerset.

"We are delighted that so many children are taking part." km.

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