Whitehaven Festival Weekend
Have just spent part of this morning and afternoon with my family among the crowds attending the excellent festival which is taking place in Whitehaven this weekend.
Where previous Whitehaven festivals have had a maritime or "Marra-time" feel, this one is themed as the Whitehaven food festival. There are large numbers of stalls selling every imaginable kind of food. Celebrity chefs including Ainsley Harriott and Jean-Christophe Novelli, as well as local cumbrian chefs including Nick Martin, Craig Sherrington, and Whitehaven's own Ricky Andalcio have been taking part in a range of book signings and "Celebrity Chef Theatre" events in Lowther Street at Michael Moon's bookstore and St Nicholas's, and at Sugar Tongue in the harbour.
Several tall ships are visiting Whitehaven Harbour including the sailing schooner Kathleen & May and the trading ketch Irene.
There are also jet ski displays at the harbour and a number of air displays and fly pasts, including the big one at 3.45 pm tomorrow (Sunday 9th) when Avro Vulcan XH558 which was the last Vulcan bomber in service with the RAF, will fly over the town.
A follow up to the festival will be the "Here and Now" live concert at Copeland Athletics Stadium a week today (Saturday 15th August) featuring artists including Toyah Willcox, Midge Ure, and Belinda Carlisle.