HUNDREDS flocked to Kelsall at the weekend for its annual folk festival.

The village came alive with folk music and community spirit, as residents from far and wide gathered on the green for the annual event.

Performances from guest artists including The Carrivick Sisters, Vocal Point and Finest Kind proved popular with audiences, ranging from young and old.

Mal Waite, one of the festival’s organisers, said that the feedback from the weekend has been nothing but positive.

She added: “It was lovely to see so many people at the festival, some of the evening concerts were so full that people had to stand up.

“People seemed to really appreciate the song tent that was put up,” said Mal, who performed with her band The Waite Collective, with her daughters Katrina and Rebecca.

And it wasn’t just live music on the bill – there were also concerts, workshops, singalongs, dances, craft displays and children’s entertainment, provided by circus theatre outfit Panic Circus.

Although the 2011 festival has only just ended, organisers are already thinking about next year.

“Next year’s festival will be a little bit later, in the first week of June because of the Diamond Jubilee,” said Mal.

“We are already talking about how we can make next year’s event a little bit different.

“Lots of people came up to me and said that the feel of the festival this year and the general atmosphere was one of the best in years so we hope next year will be even better.”