Success of second jazz festival

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The second annual Ryedale Jazz Festival has been hailed a success by its organisers.

The week-long festival saw traditional and dixieland jazz bands appear at venues as diverse as St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Pickering, and Pickering Memorial Hall.

It had built on the inaugural festival which had taken place over one weekend.

Among the bands who took part were Gavin Lee’s Jazzband, Tom Culbert’s Quayside Hot Stompers, Swale Valley Stompers, and Ryedale Jazz Club.

“As regards organising the festival we can fairly claim success in several areas,” said Wilson Hepplestone, chairman of Ryedale Jazz Club.

“The café- style seating was far better than sitting in rows. Bringing the evening concerts forward to 7.30pm sessions worked well. By planning well in advance we have been able to give this year’s audiences all the details, including dates and bands of next year’s festival.”

He added: “Perhaps our biggest success was in the fact that we cleared all the festival costs. This was in no small measure due to the raffle held each session.

“We would like to thank the local businesses and individuals who contributed a total of over 100 prizes – and our Amy, who collected them.”

For details of next year’s festival and regular jazz club activities visit

Picture shows, back row, Wilson Hepplestone, Mike Wilson, John Hesp, Steve Johnson, front row, John Welford, Graham Macpherson, and 
Helena Johnson.

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