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Thousands flock to festival in village famous for its weaving and spinning heritage

PUBLISHED: 14:48 29 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:48 29 July 2018

Margaret Gilham and Susan King from the Worstead Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers at Worstead church for the village festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

Margaret Gilham and Susan King from the Worstead Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers at Worstead church for the village festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

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Thousands of people have flocked to north Norfolk the village of Worstead for an annual festival which has been running for more than 50 years.

Michelle Berry from the Worstead Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers at Worstead church for the village festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSONMichelle Berry from the Worstead Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers at Worstead church for the village festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

There was live music, rural craft demonstrations, animals, classic cars, military vehicles, medieval village, a flower show and much more going on in a central paddock and Worstead church.

Matthew Wright, chairman of the festival committee, said profits from the event were pumped back into the village and projects in surrounding areas, and after last year’s festival alone £18,500 was given away.

He said: “This is such a tradition and the community spirit has been great. We get a lot of donations so we’ve been awfully lucky.”

Margaret Gilham and Susan King from the Worstead Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers were among those doing demonstrations at Worstead church.

From left, Matthew Wright, George Ramsby and Sally Nicholson at Worstead village festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSONFrom left, Matthew Wright, George Ramsby and Sally Nicholson at Worstead village festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

Mrs King said: “The whole history of the village revolves around the weaving and spinning industry. In medieval times, what they produced was more valuable than gold.”

Jo Haywood from North Walsham's St Nicholas Church and Morsbags at Worstead church for the village festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSONJo Haywood from North Walsham's St Nicholas Church and Morsbags at Worstead church for the village festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

Jo Haywood from North Walsham's St Nicholas Church and Morsbags at Worstead church for the village festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSONJo Haywood from North Walsham's St Nicholas Church and Morsbags at Worstead church for the village festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSON


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