They’re singing, dancing and clowning in the rain
Last updated at 15:18, Sunday, 19 August 2012
IT may have rained but there were still large crowds to be seen on the opening day of the Masquepony Festival yesterday.
The festival in Cartmel Village and on the racecourse, is a new family-friendly event which showcases contemporary circus, music, comedy and magic acts.
Masquepony kicked off yesterday afternoon with a free display of street performers taking over the centre of Cartmel village.
Jan Shorrock, of Lakes Alive, who organised the festival, said: “It’s a shame about the rain but it’s early days and tomorrow’s weather is supposed to be better for the banquet.
“There has been loads of support from the village and there have been big crowds despite the drizzle.” One of the acts that went down well was Artizani, a solo show performed by James Macpherson that mixed silent-movie clowning with acrobatics.
Maggie Taylor Woods, from St Helens, was very impressed by the show, describing it as “fantastic’’.
Megan Owen, 20, from Bolton, also really enjoyed the performance.
She said: “I’m a big fan of street performers and I came up for the weekend especially to see the festival. I’m camping on the racecourse and can’t wait for the banquet tomorrow.”
The most popular act was u Chapeau Magique, who held origami hat-making workshops in the village square.
They drew a large crowd and for their acts they handed out sheets of brown paper to the watching children and adults and then showed how to make their own masterpieces.
Gail Best, from Grange, who brought her two children along, said: “We loved the hat making, but we didn’t love the rain!
“The festival is great for the area and local people and it’s nice the festival is so close to where I live.
“If the weather is good we want to come back tomorrow and I would love to see the festival again next year.”
l For a full round-up of the Masquepony Festival and more pictures, see Monday’s Evening Mail.
First published at 13:06, Sunday, 19 August 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Be the first to comment on this article!
Make your comment
More Grange news
- Cumbria sex offender pensioner due in court today charged with loitering near children's play area
- Cumbria fly-tipper admits dumping his old sofa
- High winds close outdoor exhibition in South Cumbria
- Cartmel Races - Betfair Barbecue Day 2014
- Cartmel Races - Totepool Cumbria Crystal Hurdle Day 2014
- Two race horses perish at Cartmel races in South Cumbria (16 comments)
- Consultation begins on £1.4m South Cumbria homes proposal (1 comment)
- Cartmel Vintage Race Night
- Barrow bakery has recipe for success
- Car stolen in South Cumbria
- Barrow and Grange venues for summer street gallery exhibition
- Cumbria chef Simon Rogan wins another accolade
- Concerns over application for 68 new homes in Cumbria town
- Grange care home residents given month to leave (2 comments)
- Police appeal after Cumbria collision between car and pedestrian
- Work on multi-million housing development in South Cumbria under way
- Cumbria women invited to Dalton, Grange and Ambleside events to "change their lives"
- Look for elusive bird in Cumbria
- Supporters prepare South Cumbria lido Lottery cash bid (1 comment)
- Social media crimes in Cumbria on the increase
- Bizarre theft of Slimming World banner in Cumbria
- Cumbria businesswoman helps brave servicemen and women unwind
- UPDATE 2pm: 70 properties in Cumbria still without power
- Search is on to find a poster girl to be the face of Grange Lido campaign
- Heavy rain set to hit Cumbria today
Evening Mail homepage
ENERGY FOR LIFE 5.1k WALNEY FAMILY FUN RUN
Did you enjoy the Energy For Life 5.1k Walney Family Fun Run?
• Click here to pledge to take part in next year's event on September 2, 2012
World's biggest coffee morning 2014
WCF pet and equestrian
Choosing a pre school
Come and join us 5