North Duffield Conservation and Local History Society
CELTIC FESTIVAL 8th-
NORTH DUFFIELD VILLAGE GREEN
After considerable planning and not a few headaches, the event finally started in pleasant, if cool, weather. A slow start in terms of attendance was soon replaced by an attendance, on both days, that exceeded our wildest d reams.
The weather was kind and the crowds who turned up seemed to have a thoroughly good time.
There was plenty for them to see: an Iron Age/Roman re-
Every hour, spectators were conveyed to our reconstructed roundhouse where a talk on life in the Iron Age was very popular, particularly with the children
Although it is hard to be accurate, we believe that something like 1000 people turned up over the two days. One thing we can be sure of, because they were counted, were the number of people visiting the roundhouse and that was just short of 600.
One very happy but exhausted organiser and lots of willing but tired volunteers slept well on Sunday night.
On Saturday afternoon, a Picnic-
Most of us left around 10.0 o/clock but rumour has it that the re-
Spectators donated a sum in excess of £450 towards the Societies future archaeological activities for which generosity we are truly grateful. Hardly any litter was left and certainly no damage.
Subsequently, many kind words of congratulations lead us to suspect that this was really enjoyed by everyone who attended this free event. Requests to stage a similar event next year is falling on deaf ears.
Thank you to Comitatus for the show, all the volunteers, demonstrators, the Ellwood family, Brian Burgess and Andi Murphy for their sterling work throughout both days, to Mark at the King's Arms and the Ash Duggan Committee for all their support, to Dave Kirby and Nick Hatfield for First Aid duties, to Hannah and Jon from York Archaeological Trust and the spectators who turned out en masse to make this one of the most memorable occasions in the village for a very long time.
That is certainly going to take some beating!
A DVD of the Celtic Festival at a cost of £5 (plus postage where applicable) is available, as well as a video of the festival roundhouse presentation and construction process for £3 plus postage.