Children from across the Burnham-On-Sea area were among more than 1,000 Somerset primary school children celebrating the annual Folk Dance Festival on Wells Cathedral Green at the weekend.

Now in its 43rd year, the Somerset Schools’ Folk Dance Festival was held on Saturday, with 53 schools participating.

The local schools included St Andrew’s CofE Junior School, Burnham Community Infants School, East Brent CofE First School, Brent Knoll CofE Primary School, Lympsham CofE First School, Mark First and Pre-School Academy and St Joseph’s Primary School.

The schools met at St Cuthbert’s Church yard, travelled up the High Street in Wells watched by friends, families, shoppers and tourists, and onto the Cathedral Green where the dancing took place.

David Hayward, Executive and Liaison Officer for the Somerset Association of Primary Headteachers and Officers (SAPHTO) and organiser of the event, said: “As always, the Folk Dance Festival is a major date in the annual calendar of the County Council and is a great example of all that is best about Somerset’s Primary Schools.”

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families officially opened this year’s event.

Cllr Nicholson said: “This is always a wonderful spectacle. The children work hard on their dance steps before coming together in this popular annual Festival, often watched by parents and grandparents who themselves once took part. I am very proud to open the event this year and enjoyed watching the many children from schools across the County dance in this, the 43rd Festival.”

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