West Hallam - Dancing In The Street
w/e 17 July 2011
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

The West Hallam Well Dressings were on display for all of last week but these images were all captured during the afternoon of the opening day of the festival on Saturday 9th July.

Thanksgiving Service

Blessing A WellBlessing A WellA short Service of Thanksgiving for God's gift of water opened the proceedings in School Square where the singing of hymns was accompanied by the Newbold Brass Band. The Vicar of West Hallam then visited each of the wells(examples left and right) around the village centre to bless them. The well dressings had been prepared by various groups who had each nominated a different charity to which donations that were collected in boxes adjacent to their handiwork would be given.
Rolf Harris

Arts MarketHurricane Fighter PlaneThe large well dressing outside the Village Hall featured Rolf Harris but I wonder how many times as the display was put together, Rolf's catch phrase "Can you tell what it is yet?" was asked! Although thanks had been given for water, a short shower sent many people scuttling for shelter in the Arts Market (left) behind the Village Hall just as a Hurricane Fighter Plane (right) staged a flypast.
John Gill Band

The sun soon came out again though and the back of the Punch Bowl pub became a popular place where entertainment was provided by the John Gill Band.

It was also behind the Punch Bowl that a barbecue was doing good business. Note the carefully tended sausages being cooked on an innovative "stove".
Belly Dancers

The roads through the village centre had been closed for the afternoon and opposite the Dales car park in the main street, Belly Dancers were just one of the groups entertaining the crowds and adding to the carnival atmosphere.

Although there was a Kung Fu demonstration and also a magician on hand, the main theme of the afternoon was music and dance and at the entrance to School Square several groups performed. This young girl, part of the Dance Doctors, showed great confidence as she sang to an appreciative audience.
Dance Doctors

The Dance Doctors continued the entertainment with another song and dance number from a musical.
Nutbrook Folk Dancers

In complete contrast the next group, the Nutbrook International Folk Dancing Group clad in traditional dress, performed a variety of mainly Eastern European dances.
A & BD Group Dancers

And the dancing in the street continued with the A & BD Group Dancers from nearby Stanley. again the group performed a number of routines and as with all the other groups, their display was greeted with enthusiastic applause by the assembled visitors to the Well Dressing Festival.
Tall Guy

The entertainment on Saturday afternoon somewhat overshadowed the well dressings but the dressings were in place for all of the following week for closer inspection and the Scarecrow Trail which is fast becoming a traditional addition to the celebrations with figures like this "Tall Guy" at all corners of the Parish could also be found throughout the following week. Well Dressing events in Derbyshire started back in the mists of time as simple acts of thanksgiving and although the West Hallam event is relatively new on the scene, it has now been held for over thirty years and has become a regular in the Well Dressing calendar with more and more visitors each year. Both local and national charities from the hard work put in by the organisers.

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