June 9, 2011
youngsters ready for 37th schools folk dance festival
of schoolchildren from the Burnham-On-Sea area will join more
than 2,000 youngsters on Wells Cathedral Green later this month
to dance the day away as part of an annual folk dance festival.
Now in its 37th year, the Somerset Schools Folk Dance Festival
is being held on Saturday 18th June and has over 75 schools participating
including Burnham Infants School, Lympsham First School, Mark
First School, St Andrew's Junior School, Churchfield School, St
Joseph's and Wedmore First School.
colourful, musical event will run from 2.30 to 4.30pm giving local
mayors, council leaders and chairmen from across the county the
chance to meet up and join in the revelry.
The pupils will be dressed in their specially-designed costumes
and each school will be represented by its own banner.
Accompanied by the Mayor of Wells and Mace Bearer, teachers and
helpers, the folk dancers procession will start at St Cuthberts
Church at 2.00pm, proceed up Wells High Street, entering
the Green through Brownes Gate, and down the path to each
schools designated place.
Each school has its own set dance with all the schools performing
at the same time making intricate patterns that is a marvel to
watch, especially from a high vantage point.
Cllr John Osman, Somerset County Council's Cabinet Member for
Children and Young People, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This
is a brilliant event for our local primary school children to
take part in and remember. To see so many children dancing together
in what must be the largest gathering of its kind in the South
West is really amazing."
"I know the children and teachers spend weeks preparing.
Its such a good example of what our schools are trying to
encourage like teamwork, more physical activity, learning a new
skill and giving pupils the confidence to perform in front of
an audience. But most importantly, the children seem to really
enjoy it and have fun."