Ilfracombe’s quirky All Things Morris festival had a certain England football match to compete with over the weekend, but organisers are already planning to make it even bigger next year.
The festival was created to fill a ‘quiet time’ in July and does what it says on the tin, with Morris dancing, Morris cars and street food awards descending on the town.
Saturday saw the Mardens Devon Cottages Street Food Awards on the seafront, with local vendors plying their wares to a hungry audience.
Ilfracombe mayor Val Gates and mayoress Amanda Gartshore attended and presented the people’s choice winner Freshly Sauced with their trophy.
There was also Morris dancing on the seafront plus on Sunday, the Morris and Friends classic car tour rolled into town, plus there was music and dancing in Fore Street.
Marnie Quy, chairman of Events 4 Ilfracombe, said: “Despite boiling hot weather and the football our annual All Things Morris event went ahead as planned. “We welcomed Morris ‘sides’ from near and far including Ilfracombe’s very own Red Petticoats and North Devon’s ever popular Borderline.
“Newcomers Clerical Error from North Wales with their dragon mascot were a particular hit with the crowds.
“Events 4 Ilfracombe would like to thank our sponsors Marsdens Devon Cottages plus Shoreline Glass who hand-made some fabulous trophies and the numerous volunteers without whom Ilfracombe’s events wouldn’t happen.
“Also to the businesses who gave their services for free in order to make the event happen. We are already planning 2019 and if the interest we have had is anything to go by we should have a huge Morris turnout next year and this event will grow again.”
Gloria O’Connell from Marsden’s Devon Cottages said: “We are please once again to sponsor this popular event and hope to continue our partnership into the future.”