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Thousands flock to ‘outstanding’ Barking folk festival

PUBLISHED: 14:29 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:29 12 June 2017

The Barking Folk Festival at Abbey Ruins in Barking. Radio 2 folk award-winner Kate Rusby wows audiences. Photo: Paul Bennett.

The Barking Folk Festival at Abbey Ruins in Barking. Radio 2 folk award-winner Kate Rusby wows audiences. Photo: Paul Bennett.

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Thousands turned out for an “outstanding” festival showcasing an eclectic array of folk music.

Festival-goers enjoy the sun at the third Barking folk festival. Photo: Paul Bennett.Festival-goers enjoy the sun at the third Barking folk festival. Photo: Paul Bennett.

Crowds flocked to Abbey Ruins in Barking last weekend to enjoy music from headliners, English folk queen Kate Rusby and pop-folk crowd-pleaser Newton Faulkner.

Festival favourite Lucy Ward and singer-songwriter Kitty McFarlane also wowed audiences, along with performances from Glastonbury regulars Beans on Toast & former X-Factor favourite Lucy Spraggan.

Crafts and carnival workshops, street theatre and circus were also on offer at the free festival, organised by Barking and Dagenham Council as part of their Summer of Festivals programme.

Deputy leader Cllr Saima Ashraf praised an “outstanding” event.

Thousands attended the free event last weekend, which is run by Barking and Dagenham Council. Photo: Paul Bennett.Thousands attended the free event last weekend, which is run by Barking and Dagenham Council. Photo: Paul Bennett.

“It was great to see kids dancing in the sunshine and families enjoying the great music and activities,” she said, adding: “The weekend was an opportunity for all of our communities to come together as one borough, one community.”

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