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Ruston Hornsby Holmfirth Festival of Folk (433* d) RE: Holmfirth Festival of Folk 19 Jan 06

Phew. I was a bit worried about coming out with what I did in what was a first post on the site, I'm much heartened by the well thought out replies. Should I have expected anything else from the folk scene? My first Holmfirth was my first festival as a member of a dance side back in 1982 and it was brilliant. (too many) pints of Taylors pulled by David in the Nook, and we danced in front of the bottle gas store that, when filming required, was dressed up as "Sid's Cafe". For the last X years of course it has been "Sid's Cafe" full time - an admirable bit of business acumen, with it's associated bus tours of film locations - and we have danced outside under the glare of the owners/staff as people possibly blocking their trade. The atmosphere certainly did seem to change in line with the appearance of the tourist traps, and I think "Guest, New Mills" is quite right in their observation of attitudes prevalent in tourist towns, I grew up in one myself! There must be a significant number of Holmfirth residents who don't like the way that the town has developed in this direction. As Cath has said, hopefully this is the chance to look at all this afresh, and I wish them well. Not sure about Mr Happy's "villages with pubes", though.

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