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Crowds turn out for popular Sixties festival

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Sixties Weekend at the NYMR
Edwin Harrison and Imelda Howie check out some Sixties tunes in the pop up museum.
Picture by Neil Silk
13/06/14

142450a Sixties Weekend at the NYMR Edwin Harrison and Imelda Howie check out some Sixties tunes in the pop up museum. Picture by Neil Silk 13/06/14

Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate the final showpiece at this year’s Pickering 60s Festival.

The Market Place was jam- packed with around 2,000 revellers for the concert from The Fortunes, who had several top 10 hits during the “decade of love” as well as being fondly remembered for performing Radio Caroline’s signature song.

Their performance brought the curtain down on yet another successful festival which has seen interest steadily grow during its seven year history.

But if it is to continue for a seventh year, organisers say they need more people to sign up as committee members and help share the work load.

Bruce Pickup, the committee chairman, said: “The concert on Saturday was phenomenal – the best ever – and the Market Place was full. We have never had so many people turn out. It is rewarding when you see everyone enjoying themselves.

“I think it has been the most successful festival yet. We had people come across from Denmark, a couple come up from London for a week’s holiday who absolutely loved it and there was a group of friends that went to school at Lady Lumley’s in the 1960s, so the festival is continuing to grow as the years go by.”

He added: “We hope to be back next year but we need more people to help out. This year, for a group of five, it did become very stressful.”

The festival, which began on Monday last week, was a haven for fans of the swinging Sixties.

Themed quizzes, concerts in the Kirk Theatre, a parade of classic cars and motorbikes and the Pop-Up Museum on Pickering Station all attracted visitors from near and far. Added to that was the continued involvement of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway which organised special trains and live music at its stations in Levisham and Goathland.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Pickering 60s Festival committee should contact Bruce or Kate Pickup on (01751) 477340.

l See Page 24 for more pictures from this year’s Pickering 60s Festival.

 

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