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17th-19th June Whitehaven Harbour

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General Fun and Entertainment

Whitehaven Festival 2011 despite less than perfect weather still brought in huge crowds to the harbour and was a great success.

Made in Cumbria stalls crowded

The crowds certainly thronged around the numerous stalls both from the large continental market and the Made in Cumbria village running the length of the Lime Tongue.

Louie Walsh at Whitehaven

As well as the TV chefs, on Saturday afternoon Whitehaven Festival also played host to one of TV's biggest stars Louie Walsh boy band impressario and X-factor judge.

Titan the Robot

Another TV star performing for the second year running was Titan the robot recently seen on the last series of Big Brother.

Meet the Owls

Also on the Sugar Tongue was a suberb display of birds of prey with the handlers keen to answer questions and allow people to get really close to these magnificent creatures.

Chinook helicopter

At the town end of the Bulwark Quay a Chinook helicopter was available for people to look inside were videos were playing showing the views from different windows of the helicopter on exercise.

Comedy pirate

Several street theatre performers kept the crowds entertained including these Pirates of Menzpants.

Army stall at Festival

There was a strong military presence at the festival with several displays and stalls from the three forces.

Marines climbing wall

The royal marines had a climbing tower and were very good at encouraging the young kids to get to the top.

Zumba dancing on the CFM stage

Keeping the older members of the crowd fit were the zumba group on the CFM stage with their energetic dance routines in which the audience were encouraged to take part.

Zorb Spheres fro kids

Just a few yards away by the Hub these spheres in a large pool alowed the kids to burn off some calories whilst the parents got a few minutes rest.

Tardis on the Sugar Tongue

Although there was no sign of the Doctor his TARDIS materialised on the Sugar Tongue.

Very dark clouds threatened a deluge through most of the weekend but apart from the Friday morning the rain was rarely more than spitting and there was occasional periods of sunshine. The fact that the festival team had arranged such a wide variety of entertainment paid off as there was always something to do or watch. The only disappointments were the cancellation of the Hunter jet and the huge firework display on Saturday night - this was due to strong onshore winds which were measured above the level for health and safety - so there was no possiblity for it to go ahaead. However, the Friday night fireworks were quite spectacular, all the other aircraft performed and the three big concerts were a great success.

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External links

Whitehaven Festival official website www.thefestival.org.uk

Taylors Funfair - www.fun-fairs.com

Royal Navy - www.royalnavy.mod.uk

The Royal Airforce - www.raf.mod.uk

Zumba Cumbria - www.zumbacumbria.com

Titan the Robot - www.titantherobot.com

Bread and Butter - www.breadandbuttertheatrecompany.co.uk

 

WAWL 2011