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Hundreds descend on Hartlepool’s Headland for Folk Festival

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VENUES across a historic part of Hartlepool came to life as hundreds flocked to an extravaganza of folk music.

An estimated 600 people enjoyed the Headland Folk Festival, which took place over the weekend.

Music fans flocked from all areas of the country, including the south coast and Manchester, to enjoy the rousing sounds of around 20 acts.

The entertainment started on Friday with a meet and greet session in The Cosmopolitan.

That was followed by an opening concert in St Mary’s Church featuring music from Hartlepool’s The Young’Uns and other acts.

Then there was a singaround in The Harbour of Refuge pub, as well as music in The Fisherman’s Arms.

The music continued from morning to night on Saturday, with the Headland Library, Town Square, Harbour of Refuge, Headland Baptist Church, The Cosmopolitan, St Hilda’s Church and The Fisherman’s Arms all heaving with folk fans.

Then on Sunday the pubs and churches, including The Globe, were again lively with folk sounds. There was even a performance on the beach.

Sean Cooney, of the Young’Uns, who helped to organise the event, said: “It’s been massive.

“The people on the Headland really responded to it well – every venue has been fantastic.”

Sean said he hopes the event has helped put the Headland out there as a great place for music, adding: “The Headland is such a special place.

“I sing lots of songs from Hartlepool and I’m always telling people how beautiful it is.

“It was brilliant to get so many people here at one time.

“The feedback has been incredible.

Some people have been saying it was the best festival they’ve ever been to.”

Sean said a highlight was playing the concert in St Hilda’s Church, which was attended by 350 people and also featured Polish singing sensations Brasy.

The Young’Uns also took part in a history trail on Saturday morning, which saw them singing all over the Headland, including underneath Sandwell Gate.

“There were people listening to us on the beach, it was magical,” he said.

Sean hopes it will become an annual event.

Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club provided a campsite for the out-of-town music fans.

 

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