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Friday, 19 December 2014

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So much to see and do – your views of 2012 Festival

THE festival is all about families and friends who gather to enjoy a wonderful weekend of fun and entertainment.

Reporters Andrew Clarke, Gillian Ellison and Julie Morgan spoke to just a few..!

Mary Smart and son Josh Jeffery, with Andrea Martin and son Nathan, all from Distington were delighted to bump into Jean Christophe Novelli in Richardson’s shop.

“I only went in for a wristband and I met Jean Christophe. It’s made my year,” said Mary.

Mary and Robert Irving, from Gosforth, were with daughters Julie Irving, from Kells, and Tracy Bateman, of Moor Row. Julie said: “I think it’s really good, every year, and it’s right on our doorsteps.” Three-year-old Joshua Bateman enjoyed seeing the fire engine and the fairground rides while four-year-old Dillon Irving Rogers waved at Titan the Robot and he waved back.

The Kendall family, from Seaton, were having a fabulous time. Mum and dad Ellen and Neil were with their sons six-year-old Ewen and Noah, age two. Ewen particularly enjoyed the jet skis, sitting in an aeroplane, the climbing wall, watching the divers and Titan the Robot when he squirted water to name just a few! Highlight for dad Neil was: “When the jet ski did a back flip.”

Donna and John Acton, with Bradley, eight, and JJ, 11, were staying with Donna’s sister Vicki Cleghorn, in Whitehaven. “It’s fantastic,” said Donna.

For Aline Bramhall, of Nethertown, it was the fourth festival she had been to. “It’s the variety, there’s so much to do, stalls, chefs, all kinds.”

Elaine Bell, from Whitehaven, was with daughter-in-law Kirsty O’Shea and two-year-old grand-daughter Adelaide Bell, of Kent. Elaine enjoyed the Made in Cumbria stalls and Adelaide was taken by the birds of prey.

Sheila Prest, of Whitehaven, was with daughter Sarah Harper, from Workington. Sheila said: “Ainsley was fabulous. We love the festival and make it a real family get together.” She was also with daughter Paula Finley, daughter-in-law Andrea Ritson and eight-year-old grandson Adam Ritson.

Maureen Rogan, from Braystones, was enjoying lunch on the Sugar Tongue with friends Alan and Iris Jones, from Stoke-on-Trent. “We try not to miss one,” said Maureen. “It’s always such a nice atmosphere.” Alan added: “This is our third and it’s just wonderful and well-organised.”

Fred and Mary Bragg, of Red Lonning, were with friend Ann Simpson, of Cleator Moor. Fred said: “As usual it’s excellent and the weather is good again.” Ann added: “We’re looking forward to seeing Titan, and we have just watched Ainsley, he was great.”

The Rev John Bannister, enjoying a stroll down the Sugar Tongue, said: “The weather and the attractions are a fantastic combination. It’s lovely to see so many enjoying themselves. It’s a credit to the organisers and also to Whitehaven.”

Sheila and Malcolm McIntosh, from Annan, were with friends John and Linda Jackson, of Frizington. Malcolm said: “It’s absolutely wonderful, really colourful.” Linda added: “It’s wonderful every year, it just gets better and better.”

Katrina and Gary Burns, of Sunny Hill, were with five-year-old Niiah. Katrina said: “It’s been fantastic, everyone is so friendly.” Little Niiah enjoyed ‘hook a duck’ and won a hammer and power rangers.

Amy Robson and Vicky Casson, both 21, came to see Dynamo. “We want him to turn our lottery tickets into money,” said Amy.

Grandma Eileen Cartmell, of Mirehouse, was with her family; Diane Burns, 12-year-old Meg, Oliver, 10 and Dominic, eight. Eileen said the fireworks on Saturday night were fabulous and she enjoyed meeting Michelle Collins. Diane also thought the fireworks were spectacular and said they were looking forward to seeing Dynamo.

Becky Jones, 20, Rosie Napier, 19 and Beth Benson, all from Whitehaven, were looking forward to seeing the Red Arrows and Dynamo. Graham and Margaret Fiarhall, and Emma Fairhall, all of Whitehaven, came along to the festival with friends, John and Alison Garraway, their daughter Jo Garraway and her boyfriend, Andy Harle.

Angela McKenzie, Anthony McKenzie and Beth McKenzie, of Whitehaven, had enjoyed Titan and “wandering around looking at the boats’’.

The Hales family, Kirsty, Clare, Martin and Elaine, and Wayne Fido, of Whitehaven, were also having “a brilliant time’’ in the sun.

Whitehaven grandparents, George and Karen Turner, had their hands full with excited grandchildren, Aaron, seven, Katie, five, Ashton, six, Amber, three, Iona, 13, and Iianya, 11.

Titan certainly impressed the Wilson youngsters Leyla, 18 months, Robbie, eight, and Callum, six. They were down with their parents Paul and Julie Wilson.

The fun fair was a favourite for the Lillico family of Whitehaven. Mum Kate had brought along Joshua, eight, Callum, four, and Nathan, five, who was also accompanied by granddad, Mike Rodgers.

Visiting HMS Smiter were Ann Doyle, Sarah Doyle and her youngsters Mollie, nine, and Brodie, six.

Three-year-old Niobe Mitchell, said her favourite moment had been Titan “singing and pumping’’. She was visiting with mum, Tracey Bovan, who was staying with friends Nick and Emma Collins, of Hensingham, and Megan, seven.

Four generations from one family were also enjoying the festival. Steph Metcalfe and Adrian Davis-Johnston, of Whitehaven, with 10-month-old son, Owen, as well as Adrian’s parents, Paul and Eleanor, and Eleanor’s mum, Ann Graham.

Adrian’s sister, Linzi Hutchinson, hubby, Nick and children Luke, 12 and Lexie, 22 months were also enjoying the fun.

Jim and Jean Hewitson, of Parton, were looking forward to the air displays. They were at the festival with Jim’s sister, Marie Thorpe, and her sister-in-law, Sheila Thorpe.

Millom family, Karan Milligan, her daughter, Andrea, and her two children Kalan, two, and six-year-old Jonjo Robinson, were looking forward to seeing Titan and the funfair.

Festival-goer Fiona Shore, of Sussex, was visiting her family in Whitehaven. They were Stephen and Louise Kirkup and their children, Lauren, 11, Isobel, eight, and three-year-old Olivia.

Also visiting from Liverpool were Claire McAteer and her husband Paul, with family and friends from Cleator Moor, Charlotte Martin, Sue Robinson, Nicola Robinson, and Whitehaven’s Kevin Steel.

Sandwith couple, Sandra and Keith Orchard, attended the festival with daughter Kirsty Maidment and her children, Lauren, 16, Fraser, 14 and Pippa, 12, who were excited to see Dynamo.

Resting their feet after visiting the funfair were Terrill and Stephen McDowell with sons, Jake, eight, and five-year-old Josh.

Whitehaven teenagers, James Apgar, 16, and Liam Denwood, 16, and their friend, Kate, were desperate to catch a glimpse of Dynamo while a “really, good time’’ was had by Whitehaven’s Luca Bason-Healey, brother Finlay, 10, and their parents Katy and Steve.

Cleator Moor’s Diane and Kevin Groggins said the festival was “always great’’. They were there with kids, Saul, nine, 10-year-old Jay and Darcy, seven.

Another family having an “absolutely fab time’’ were Catherine Shields, Lee Morton, kids Darcie, four, and Declan, seven, and Catherine’s brother, Joe Shields.

Soaking up the atmosphere were Rachel Holm and her partner, Liam McGoldrick, kids, Liam McGoldrick, two, Cairen McGoldrick, three, and six-year-old Cameron Wallis.

They were with nana, Jacqueline McGoldrick, as well as Courtney Chambers, seven, Aaron Chambers, 11, and mum Michelle Scott.

“The fireworks on Saturday were absolutely magnificent,” said Margaret Reid, of Kells, Whitehaven, who was at the festival with her grandchildren. “It was the best display they have ever done. I never thought it would end.”

Thomas and Dorothy Turnbull, of Distington, said: “This is the best weekend of the year, bar none. This festival should be the envy of the rest of the country.”

Titan the Robot proved a major hit with young and old alike. Seven-year-old Tilly McArthur, from Cleator Moor, “got soaked” when Titan squirted water over the crowd while singing Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head on Saturday.

“We didn’t mind as it cooled us all down,” said mum Rebecca.

Ian and Gemma Hayes, from Mirehouse, Whitehaven, said: “We watched Titan every time he performed on Saturday, we were following him around like a couple of big kids!”

The visit of the Red Arrows and the big gig from The Charlatans and The Enemy were also being hotly anticipated on the Sugar Tongue on Sunday morning.

Lee Davidson, 24, and Leah Morgan, 22, saw The Charlatans at Solfest in 2009, and were looking forward to their set.

“We’ve come from Carlisle just for The Charlatans,” said Leah.

The Stoker family, from Egremont, had nothing but praise for the festival.

Dad Keith said: “It’s always a real highlight, and it seems that we always get the best of the weather. It’s great to see everyone enjoying themselves.”

And as the number began to increase on the Sugar Tongue, there was only one name on everyone’s lips.

Friends Megan Morriss and Lucy Collinson, both 18, were among the many looking forward to Dynamo’s visit.

“We can’t believe he’s coming to Whitehaven. He’s absolutely amazing,” they said.

Mum Julie Short, who was there with her two children, Aimee (six) and Parker (three), said: “When we found out Dynamo was coming there’s no way we would miss it.”

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