Free workshop to take part in Shrewsbury Folk Festival’s first dance parade

People are being encouraged to take part in a free workshop so they can join a dance parade through Shrewsbury to celebrate the town’s Folk Festival.

The free dance workshop will be held on Friday August 23 – the first day of the festival - from 2pm to 4pm at the Morris Hall in Bellstone and is suitable for families but children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking is required.

Participants will be taught basic steps by Danish dance teacher Noa, whose own group will feature in the parade, so people can then join in the Saturday procession. Everyone who attends the workshop needs to arrive by 1pm on Saturday August 24.

Musicians and dancers from teams from as far afield as Denmark will take part in the colourful and noisy procession from the Castle to The Square on Saturday, August 24.

Shrewsbury Town Crier Martin Wood will lead the parade and dancers musicians will also perform at the Castle from 12.30pm. The parade will assemble at 1.30pm for a 1.45pm start and traffic will be suspended for a short period.

The parade will make its way from the Castle at 1.45pm along Castle Street, down Pride Hill, left into High Street and into The Square, where groups will perform. Among those taking part will be county Morris sides, the Shropshire Bedlams and Martha Rhoden’s Tuppeny Dish, and the Ironmen and Severn Gilders as well as the Shrewsbury Morris Big Band.

It is the first time a parade has been organised to mark the festival that takes place during the Bank Holiday weekend at the West Mid Showground although dancers and musicians perform across the town during the weekend.

Organisers are asking as many people as possible to line the route and enjoy the spectacle.

Festival Director Alan Surtees said: “The free workshop is another way people can get involved in the festival and join in the fun and magical atmosphere that it creates.

“It promises to be loud, vibrant and lots of fun and we hope it will give people a taste of what they can expect from the folk festival. We have a diverse range of music and dance programmed throughout the weekend and we hope it will tempt some people to come along.

“If you’re not dancing, please come and support the parade and cheer the dancers and musicians on.”

Weekend and day tickets are still available for the festival. Tickets can be booked online through www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk.

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