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Harburn Village Hall - Festival Archive 2012


 

LASHINGS OF THE WET STUFF BUT WE DIDN'T CARE

Photos: Frank and Guy



2012'S MAJOR COMMUNITY EVENT TURNED OUT TO BE AMONGST THE MOST SUCCESSFUL. TRUE, NUMBERS WERE PROBABLY DOWN A SHADE: FOLK MAY HAVE HEARD THE FORECAST, LOOKED OUT OF THE WINDOW, REMEMBERED LAST YEAR AND DECIDED ON THE TELLY. LATER IN THE DAY THEY SEEM TO HAVE VENTURED OUT AND BY THE TIME THE RAIN ARRIVED WE COULDN'T CARE SINCE WE WERE GETTING OUR TEETH ROUND ANOTHER EXCELLENT FESTIVAL MEAL.................

The 2012 Festival followed days, no, weeks of gloomy predictions of a wash-out that would make last year's debacle look like a dribble from an inner-London hosepipe! As the event approached, however, the messengers of doom began, gradually, to revise their internet-informed opinions and a quiet optimism replaced the long faces of earlier weeks. The day dawned. Not scorching certainly, but not half bad either. And so it continued. There were a couple of interruptions for scrawly showers, yes, but we'd have bitten Michael Fish's hand off had he suggested weather such as this earlier in the week.

broadshawOpinions on crowd size varied: early numbers were certainly down on previous years. Later on, many estimated that visitors matched the best of years. Certainly, reports from the Car Park spoke of encouraging crowds. And the bus seemed to be as heavily patronised as usual.

avant le deluge
harburn 2012 festival
would you trust your daughter in this bus?
SAWMILL was nearly as busy as ever and had an even greater variety of entertainment than usual. Jim's Plant Stall did as brisk trade as you would expect. The animals kindly assembled by the Seven Sisters Zoo were greatly admired. Wellies were hurled, what appeared to be second cousin to medieval truth-extractor attracted those deranged enough to wish to tangle with it and Face painting was, as ever, enormously popular. Return to Top
duck race 2012
Hotly tipped and locally trained 322 (Red) was unable to cope with the tricky conditions

sawmill harburn festival 2012
alomg comes this bloody great eagle and off went the tent!
the hall 2012 festival
I know one of you's hiding it, I'm going to count to three..........
The Hall, as ever, was heaving. Sandra reckons they sold some 60 bacon rolls and served over 250 punters. She says that the WRI estimate numbers to have been roughly the same as normal but, since they were more spread out over the time span, they were easier to serve. Allan and Jim did their normal rip-roaring burger trade and again the Hall was a great money-spinner.
eagle harburn festival 2012
schools winner harburn festival 2012
Broadshaw saw the Art Fest restored to its corridors and, although entries were down from the 140 plus on display four or so years ago, the quality was outstanding and sales were good. If there was any doubt about the value of the Sunday viewing, the sale of 7 pictures on the second day fully justified the decision. Victoria did steady face-paint trade and a popular innovation was Linda's Astrology. The Schools' Art drew visitors from nearby villages and Daniel Blair's winning entry - yet again kindly framed by Alan Rodger of Art2Frame - showed maturity and a most promising talent. Return to Top
sawmill games harburn festival 2012
Training for the welly-throw
road art harburn festival 2012
Angel of the North - Harburn Version
Sawmill Brae was host to Heidi and the Road Artists. Traces of their activities still linger and bear witness to the perennial popularity of this attraction which was, as ever, brilliantly organised. As was the grand finale, the GRAND HARBURN DUCK RACE in which hundreds of specially-trained and locally bred ducks were unleashed into the lashing spume of the Burn. Some are still negotiating the course!
duck race 2012

Hotly tipped and locally trained 322 (Red) was unable to cope with the tricky conditions

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