Last week saw the 41st Arts & Crafts Festival to take place in the village of Worsthorne, a village on the edge of Burnley, Lancashire,with a population of under 3,000 which dates back to the early 13 century.
There are probably hundreds of such events taking place around the country where local people bake cakes, display or sell their arts and crafts and raise money for the village.
The theme this year was the swinging sixties with displays of memorabilia from that era including material relating to Burnley F.C.
The three-day festival also includes musical performances each evening. A mixture of music from the shows by Barrie Sharpley and soprano Caroline Taylor and popular music from 2 Shades of Grey plus friends Caroline Taylor and actor-singer Tony Cummings.
2 Shades performed on the Thursday night with a set of 60s songs starting with Memphis (Chuck Berry) and finishing on the Mersey with a Beatles song interspersed with songs from the Kinks, the Drifters, the Beach Boys, the Everly Brothers, Nancy Sinatra, Joan Baez, Bobby Darin, the Walker Brothers, the Beach Boys, Herman’s Hermits, the Mindbenders, Sam Cooke, Little Eva, and Cliff Richard.
Barrie Sharpley, the singer with 2 Shades, ran a quiz to test the audience’s memory of the 60s. Interestingly some people associated some of the songs with re-makes such as Kylie Monogue singing Locomotion. Good fun.
Last year was a special 40th Festival event