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PHOTOS: Yorkshire Weekend celebrations

Yorkshire folk did not let a little bit of rain stop them as they came out in force to support the Driffield Yorkshire Day weekend.

Driffield was buzzing with excitement as a weekend of activities and entertainment celebrating everything that is Yorkshire took place across the town.

An artisan market featuring stalls selling goods ranging from crafts and jewellery to food and drink filled Middle Street South, while the Umbrella Plaza played host to captivating performances from the East Riding Dialect Society, Makara Morris Dancers, Driffield Male Voice Choir and Maggie Wakeling.

Younger visitors enjoyed meeting Peppa Pig and performers from Abba Dabba Circus, visiting the fire engine from Driffield Fire Brigade and stroking the heavy horses brought by Marie and Paddy Pennock.

Taking place across both days of the weekend, Driffield Canal Fest had Riverhead rocking with performances from the Gaslight Dixieland Jazz Band and singer Kennie J as ‘The One & Only Elvis Presley’.

The historic Navigation was busy all weekend with boats trips, pedalos and the popular duck race on Sunday.

Driffield mayor, Cllr Mark Blakeston (pictured above) said Driffield as the Capital of the Wolds was leading the way with the celebrations.

He said: “This is the first time we have done anything on this scale for Yorkshire Day and it is fantastic for Driffield.

“As a born and bred East Yorkshire man, it is even good to see West Yorkshire people here!

“The idea of having a Yorkshire Day weekend has worked really well and I think the town council has done a really great job.

“Lots of organisation has gone on behind the scenes to get the stalls here and organise the road closure and as the Capital of the Wolds we need to be leading the way, and with these celebrations we really are.”

As well as the market stalls, shops and businesses throughout the town threw their support behind the Yorkshire Day weekend decorating their windows and adopting extra opening hours.

Jill Baldwin, Driffield Town Centre Officer, said: “I would like to thank all the businesses who have supported the weekend and helped to make it such a success and to everyone who braved the rain to come along and enjoy the weekend of events.”

The Canal Fest attracted crowds of people who enjoyed the water-based activities and entertainment on offer.

David Taylor, Driffield Navigation Trust spokesman, said: “We had a wonderful weekend, with excellent entertainment on both afternoons which people really enjoyed.

“We are very grateful to everyone for their support and it helps to raise the profile of the Navigation and every penny raised will go towards the upkeep of the historic Driffield Navigation.

“We were delighted to join with the Driffield Town Council for the Yorkshire Day celebrations and I hope it was as successful in other parts of the town as it was at Riverhead.”

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