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Posted By: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
13-Sep-14 - 04:14 AM
Thread Name: Whitby. Was it always in August?
Subject: RE: Whitby. Was it always in August?
Back for a couple of days.

Sorry Ray, the Hiring Fair was never in the Metropole.

It started life in the Football Club on Sunday afternoon under the stewardship of Mike Soar.

We moved it elsewhere one year (due to a misunderstanding to do with football fixtures) but quickly moved it back again when the Football club said how disappointed they were and that they really enjoyed having it there. I believe Derek did step in one year when Mike was unavailable and in latter years John Prentice took on the mantle.

By the way it did not just happen but was properly administered by Mike and John.

As regards prizes, what prizes? It was not a competition but a chance for up and coming acts to display their talent to organisers and folk club movers and shakers. It largely succeeded in doing that and just for the record some of the performers did subsequently get bookings at WFW.

Regarding the so called Folk Trivia quizzes - they were a lot more serious than that.

That said one of Peter Bellamy's ones started with the question "Identify Child ballad number 197 OR write your name in block capitals at the top of your quiz paper". Dave Burland failed on both counts - honest!   

One of Roy Atkinson's consisted of a list of questions to which the correct answer was "Pass".