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Whitby 2015 - best places.

Acorn4 29 Aug 15 - 11:17 AM
Richard Bridge 29 Aug 15 - 01:46 PM
GUEST,cujimmy 29 Aug 15 - 02:09 PM
GUEST,Andiliqueur 29 Aug 15 - 02:28 PM
GUEST,Fred McCormick 30 Aug 15 - 06:13 AM
GUEST,henryp 30 Aug 15 - 07:09 AM
Richard Bridge 30 Aug 15 - 12:41 PM
Mo the caller 30 Aug 15 - 04:38 PM
GUEST,Fred McCormick 31 Aug 15 - 05:09 AM
Richard Bridge 31 Aug 15 - 06:24 PM
GUEST 31 Aug 15 - 07:15 PM
GUEST,FloraG 01 Sep 15 - 03:34 AM
GUEST,Selby 01 Sep 15 - 07:06 AM
GUEST,Malcolm Storey 01 Sep 15 - 08:28 AM
Carol 01 Sep 15 - 12:47 PM
Raggytash 01 Sep 15 - 01:30 PM
Dennis the Elder 02 Sep 15 - 06:31 AM
GUEST,henryp 02 Sep 15 - 05:16 PM
GUEST,Alec 03 Sep 15 - 04:51 AM
GUEST,Tatterfoal 03 Sep 15 - 05:33 AM
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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: Acorn4
Date: 29 Aug 15 - 11:17 AM

ten out of ten for The Star - beer prices best in Whitby and a good singaround/session every night. Workshops at £4 a time with the concession put Sidmouth to shame!


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 29 Aug 15 - 01:46 PM

It was so good in the Star that sometimes it was hard to get in - in the end on Thursday in the 2-4 session I gave up, and hunted for anywhere else, but found nothing pleasing to my mind. The Folk Club on Thursday night was not bad at all either. Jim Mageean was in there but Graeme Knights was giving it large in the Black Horse down the road... I like their attitude!


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: GUEST,cujimmy
Date: 29 Aug 15 - 02:09 PM

Yes The Star gets my vote this year to, I met lots of new people from all over UK, even a couple from Isle of Man and wonderful songs and singing all week.


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: GUEST,Andiliqueur
Date: 29 Aug 15 - 02:28 PM

Also thanks John(landlord of the Star)for holding an impromptu Friday Singaround even though everything had officially ended. At times We almost won the battle with the bar!


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 30 Aug 15 - 06:13 AM

Richard Bridge. "Aiming for political song in the Dolphin at 1 pm today. I wonder if the Blairites will be there."

There were no Blairites there that I could see, but it was a bloody good session. Encouraging to see how much it's come on in the last couple of years.


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 30 Aug 15 - 07:09 AM

I must put in a good word for the Rifle Club, where we had lunch most days. We settled for soup and their interesting selection of rolls. And I enjoyed my pint of Whitby-brewed beer - as did the others there.

However, it was strange to look out over the sea sparkling in the bright sunlight and hear the Christmas carols booming out from the concert room. I kept thinking of roast turkey.


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 30 Aug 15 - 12:41 PM

Hello Fred. Which were you? We were the four in front of the fireplace who re-jigged Lal Waterson's "Hilda's cabinet band" as "David's cabinet bend".

The political session could have done with twice as much space and twice as much time.


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: Mo the caller
Date: 30 Aug 15 - 04:38 PM

The spoken word session in the Star was my discovery for this year. Dare I mention the excellent and inexpensive mugs of tea both there and in the Fisherman's (where you could get a buttered scone with it for the price of tea in the Spa).
As ever the grouse was the impossibility of being in 2 or 3 places at once, and getting between them + changing shoes etc in no time.


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 31 Aug 15 - 05:09 AM

I was seated with my back to the window and was the first person to sing after SU. The song I sang, after moaning interminably about my mate Alun Parry being refused a vote in the Labour leadership election, was The Socialist ABC.

I remember the group in front of the fireplace, but for the life of me I can't remember David's Cabinet Bend. (Well it was one hell of a long week.)

Can you post the words here? Maybe that will jog me.

I agree that the singaround should have been longer, or maybe there should have been a second political singaround on another day.


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 31 Aug 15 - 06:24 PM

Ah, yes, I remember the spoken bit and the abc.

Lyrics to the original Waterson Hilda's cabinet band (we didn't change much) here - http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/folk-song-lyrics/Hildas_Cabinet_Band.htm


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Aug 15 - 07:15 PM


I wish I had followed my instincts and gone drekly to the Humber Bridge and then cross country south.

My preferred route after too many jams on the alternatives although the closure of the A15 for an accident made for a senic diversion. Lincoln can be a little slow but A1 was fine from Newark down to Black Cat.


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: GUEST,FloraG
Date: 01 Sep 15 - 03:34 AM

Didn't make W. this year - but I expect you all had a great time. The season ticket is modestly priced so you can pick and mix events while contributing to the running costs.
Memories
walking among the heather - really special at this time of the year
eating fish and chips
hearing the Wilsons
meeting the same 5 people whichever event you went to ( how does that happen)
never winning a prize in the raffle at the shanty sessions
a double rainbow seen from the café at the pavilion
FloraG.


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: GUEST,Selby
Date: 01 Sep 15 - 07:06 AM

I find it interesting that there is little praise for the festival. In my opinion no festival no fringe


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 01 Sep 15 - 08:28 AM

We never use the A64 and associated roads when travelling between Selby and Whitby at Festival time.

Instead we go through the centre of York diverting off towards the Hospital (well signposted) and joining the B1363 as far as the ring road.

We turn right and then proceed via Strensall and northward on minor roads until we reach the A170 west of Pickering before turning north once more until reaching the A171 west of Whitby. After that it's take your choice - straight in or on to Sandsend depending where abouts we are staying.

This run takes about thirty minutes longer than a good run (not available Festival time) via the main roads and is a few miles further.

A huge bonus for us this year was the incredible colours over the moors - so vibrant. We have done the journey to Whitby hundreds of times and cannot remember seeing the heather looking so magnificent.

We returned by more or less the same route (one or two detours by choice)and arrived home relaxed; which was just as well as we had been burning the candle both ends and in the middle meeting up with old and not so old friends and imbibing the odd hoppy infusion.

We enjoyed all the events we attended and how lucky we all were with the weather!


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: Carol
Date: 01 Sep 15 - 12:47 PM

I was wondering what was going on in the Ship and where it was in the town. The Star is getting better and i really enjoyed it this year - of course knocking the bar down and moving it to the bottom of the stairs, making a larger space to sing would be great John and Di.
Really some good singing going on all week.


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: Raggytash
Date: 01 Sep 15 - 01:30 PM

Just a quick note to say a HUGE thank you to all who came on the Glaisdale trip. This morning I paid £146.00 into the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat account.

Cheers


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 02 Sep 15 - 06:31 AM

Well done to all especially you Nick for organising the Glaisdale trip for such a good cause.
Sorry I did not make it or indeed Whitby this year, work keeps searching me out.


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 02 Sep 15 - 05:16 PM

It was a wonderful week wherever you went. The sun shone brightly and the heather on the moors was in full bloom too.

A highlight for me was James Fagan singing Anderson's Coast at his Australian song workshop - but there were many more!

Thank you, Whitby.


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: GUEST,Alec
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 04:51 AM

A fantastic week of singing and dance with lots of highlights, The Demon's, the trad nights at the football club, Archie Fisher and hearing Ken Wilson and Jim Macfarlands quality voices. Ken's renditions of the 'Joy of Living' and Jim Woodlands 'Ghost Story' in the Metropole concert, were something special. But the Wilson's annual late night extra at the Metropole was by far the best yet! it was like a giant singaround Brilliant.... See you all again next year for more of the same!


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Subject: RE: Whitby 2015 - best places.
From: GUEST,Tatterfoal
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 05:33 AM

Whitby pavilion exhibition hall for Geoff Cubitts workshops all week were brilliant, he even filled the exhibition hall on the friday night.   Great stuff.


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