Big success for West Country Traditions Day at Exmouth Festival

PUBLISHED: 11:09 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:28 05 June 2017

Raddon Hill Clog Morris at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

Raddon Hill Clog Morris at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

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Rounding off the 2017 Exmouth Festival, the West Country Traditions Day in The Strand on Saturday, June 3, was a big success.

The Exmouth Shanty Men at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.The Exmouth Shanty Men at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

A celebration of all things West Country – from music and dance to crafts and film, vintage vehicles and food and drink – there were town criers, shanty crews, morris dancers and much more.

Appalachian dancers Alive and Kicking at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.Appalachian dancers Alive and Kicking at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

This year there was an expanded craft area to one side of The Strand.

Barnacle Buoys at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.Barnacle Buoys at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

Various stalls showcased traditional skills, from spinning and weaving to, woodwork, pottery and lobster pot making.

Fairground fun at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.Fairground fun at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

Organiser Derek Brooks described the craft area as the ‘missing part’ of the West Country Traditions Day ‘jigsaw’, and he was delighted with its popularity.

Exmouth In Bloom at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.Exmouth In Bloom at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

The day went so well that as it closed – with a musical finale on stage – Derek was already booking acts and stalls for next year’s event.

Steam engines at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.Steam engines at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

Motorcycle magic at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.Motorcycle magic at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

Lobster pot maker Dave French at work at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.Lobster pot maker Dave French at work at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

Folk session at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.Folk session at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

Exmouth Ceramic Group�s Judy Harrington helps six-year-old Harry Sawyer from Budleigh Salterton to make a pot on the wheel during the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.Exmouth Ceramic Group�s Judy Harrington helps six-year-old Harry Sawyer from Budleigh Salterton to make a pot on the wheel during the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

Hard at work in the Woodbury Woodturners/Men�s Shed tent at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.Hard at work in the Woodbury Woodturners/Men�s Shed tent at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

Hard at work in the Woodbury Woodturners/Men�s Shed tent at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.Hard at work in the Woodbury Woodturners/Men�s Shed tent at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

The weaving display at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.The weaving display at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

A spinning demonstration by Amanda Darragh at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.A spinning demonstration by Amanda Darragh at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

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