A MUSIC festival is becoming an integral part of village life in Kelsall.
Chester Folk Festival is becoming one of the largest of its kind since moving to Kelsall in 1979 and thousands are expected at the four-day extravaganza starting tomorrow, Friday.
A packed programme of acts, workshops, attractions and stalls has been meticulously planned and while the festival will be held mainly at Kelsall Green, behind the Morris Dancer on Chester Road, there will also be events at The Royal Oak, Community Centre, Farmers Arms and Kelsall Social Club.
The festival has long since been embraced by community leaders and businesses in the village.
Kelsall Parish Council clerk Natalie Read said that before development work started on Kelsall Green, also the festival site, a survey was sent to local residents asking how important the folk festival was to them.
“Overwhelmingly, residents said that our project should not have a detrimental effect on the folk festival which signified how important the event has become,” she said.
“It really does have a big impact on local businesses and brings the community together.”
Louise Darlington, co-owner of Mount Pleasant Gardens on the outskirts of the village, added: “We do get a few extra visitors from the folk festival, certainly when it falls on the same weekend as our national garden scheme.
“The folk festival is great because it beings people into the village from the outside who wouldn’t usually visit Kelsall.”
Chester Folk Festival starts on Friday at 8pm and continues on Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 2-8pm and Monday 12-9pm.
For details of headline acts see The Guide on page 54.