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EVERYONE enjoys a ‘Full English’ which is why were so excited about this fabulous folk event in Teesdale. Click the ‘read more’ button to find out more about this family friendly event…..

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Full English Anyone? Toe-tapping events at Witham in Barnard Castle

Grannies, granddads, teens and toddlers tapped their feet to Morris Dancing, Long Sword Dancing, live music and Clogging at Witham in Barnard Castle this month.

The free family event, dubbed ‘The Full English in Teesdale’  was organised to celebrate the launch of ‘The Full English’ – a  nation-wide digital archive of early 20th century English folk manuscripts.

The archive, which will enable the entire world to access England’s rich musical past via the web, is being put together by the English Folk Dance and Song Society who gained backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project.

The celebratory event (which was suitable for all ages) featured Teesdale’s own youth Folk group, Cream Tees; local bands Teesdale Folk,  Gegenforde, the Old Age Travellers, along with Rosie Cross and – you guessed it, our man Mike Bettison.

Also appearing were Teesdale Long Sword Dancers, the Black Sheep Morris Dancers and champion clog dancer Shona Harper- Wilkes, from Lartington. (Now you understand why it’s called the FULL English!)

The day was a great success with many families joining in the fun activities.

Frances Watt from The English Folk Dance and Song Society was on hand throughout the event, to demonstrate The New Full English project’s Digital archive.

“The Full English is possibly the most exciting and significant thing to happen to British folk music in at least a generation… To give everyone the keys to the archive of our common heritage will be an invaluable inspiration to generations of musicians and writers.” (Lee Hall, playwright and screenwriter (Billy Elliot, Pitman Painters, War Horse)

For further information on The Full English please see

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