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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Cockermouth streets come alive with the sound of music

The streets were filled with music, dance, drama and laughter on the closing day of Cockermouth’s Midsummer Festival.

Hundreds of people turned out for Cockermouth Live! to watch events held around the town.

Cockermouth Live! was introduced this year as part of the new two-week festival which has already been hailed as a success by organisers.

Masses of children and families filled both sides of the road in Market Place to watch a dramatic performance by Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake’s Storytree group and a break-dancing routine by Physical Jerks.

A Sing for West Cumbria Choir, formed especially for the day, went down a storm with the young and elderly alike with its performance of What Can Be Done by Scott MacKenzie.

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The Memorial Gardens played host to a Solfest marquee, with teenagers and the odd grandparent lazing on the grass to watch music from local bands including Feed Me and Crow Dog.

Jennings Brewery, The Castlegate House art gallery and pubs all around the town held music events featuring all kinds of genres from jazz to rock and roll.

Rachel Freer, 30, of Kirkgate, said: “It has been a really good festival this year and they have put so much effort in to put events on which would appeal to children, teenagers and adults.

“It was a great idea to have a music and performance day to close the festival and there have been some excellent acts on today.”

John Connor, 50, who was born in Cockermouth but moved to Ireland five years ago was visiting the town and decided to come along to the closing day of the festival with his with Sally, 60, and granddaughter Rose, three.

He said: “It’s been a great day. It’s good to see the town smiling again after everything that’s happened.

"We still have relatives here and it was awful to see the town hit so badly.

"I’ve heard the festival has been excellent this year and some of the music they have put on today has been superb.”

Have your say

The music at the Memorial Gardens was great but the organisers hadn't done enough to advertise the fact that bands were playing there. These bands were playing top-quality music and were not being paid. They deserved a big audience but hardly had anyone listening to them. The stage was very small and it could easily have been set up in Market Place. Next year, they should either put the bands on in the centre of town or make sure they advertise the Memorial Gardens music more effectively.

Posted by Sally Dixon on 7 July 2010 at 15:32

A fantastic event, very well organised, and something for everyone. The highlight for me was the Castlegate Gallery gardens, a beautiful setting, and watching ESP perform and especially their performance of their charity single 'Over The Rainbow'. The kids really enjoyed the break dancers in MArket Place too.

Posted by Muddy on 5 July 2010 at 12:51

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