Live band hired for weddings and parties in West Yorkshire
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Yorkshire is one hell of a big place. There is not just one Yorkshire, there are many, and so it is with its musical history, with its more recent history involving the tradition of brass bands, not just the virtuoso competition bands that some of the collieries produced, but brass bands belonging to towns of small villages, such as the Muker Silver band from a village in the Yorkshire Dales, which inspired more than musical pleasure, but it's barred an excellent local beer, Muker silver.
But let's go back a little bit in history. Especially with all the TV dramas of recent years, the history of Yorkshire is entwined with the wall of the Roses. This is right back to the mediaeval period, 1455 to 1487, still kept alive by the re-enactment societies. Earlier this year I went to the re-enactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury. Very spectacular, the town decked out with banners of all the great houses that were involved in the wars, mediaeval encampments, many hundreds of competent decked out in everything from peasant clothing to suit armour. Pikes, swords, early cannons and muzzleloading rifles, but something was missing from the camps. It wasn't the tents or campfires, no food cooking in pots, it was music – or rather a lack of music.
Back in those days, live music was a common entertainment. Bands of musicians wandered from village to town providing the entertainment that our iPods and TVs provide nowadays. Life was hard, so people needed cheering up, and that was the purpose of music – or at least the purpose of secular music. One could argue that ecclesiastical music was not intended to cheer people up, more to impress the congregations with an otherworldly sound, to engender a sense of awe, to help them imagine God and think of their sins and have perhaps making a financial offering in compensation.
But most definitely, the music of the strolling minstrel was to cheer people up, get a bit of fun in the lives, and if you're about to go out and kill, or be killed, a load of Lancastrians, you needed cheering up. So where were all the strolling minstrel is that this re-enactment? Maybe they're still in Yorkshire? They certainly won't around Tewkesbury. But then, music was very different in those days, and so with the instruments, so there's not that many people who can actually play mediaeval instruments and perform authentic music from that period. Those people who can play shawms and viols tend to play in baroque ensembles and early music ensembles, and repertoire is generally ecclesiastical music or music of the nobility, it's unlikely to be street music.
Often music of that period was vocal music, and the instrumental music was an accompaniment or a version of the vocal original, often associated with storytelling. Folksong of today is about storytelling in a broad sense, covering every subject under the sun and much more diverse than the typical lyrics of pop music, which deals almost exclusively with love – or very often lack of love. Folk music lyric certainly does cover the same subjects as folk music but also tell stories of a much more diverse range of human activities. So there have been many songs about battles, great houses on the lawns of those houses. The whole intricate history of the war the roses would have been put to song at the time, though the vast majority of this has been lost. Perhaps more has been kept with Scottish folk song tradition, with songs like Billy the Graeme, who was "shortened by the hood "i.e., beheaded. So in all parts of Yorkshire they would have been songs giving a biased view of the Wars of the Roses.
Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire were once part of the great Saxon kingdom of Northumbria, and they have shared a history as turbulent as that of any region in Britain. Many ties between the counties have endured through the centuries. Their combined resources of iron ore, coal and engineering skill played a key role in Britain's Industrial Revolution. But despite this, their wild hills remain unscarred and form one of the largest tracts of unspoilt countryside in England.
There is a softer natural beauty among the rugged landscapes, in the treasury of Alpine flowers left behind by the Ice Age around Teesdale-head in Durham. In the valleys below are the splendours of waterfalls, such as Cauldron Snout and High Force on the River Tees and, in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the spectacular Hardrow Force near Hawes in Wensleydale and the cataracts at Aysgarth, lower down the dale. There is historic beauty, too, in the remains of monastic buildings that are scattered all over the North-East. North Yorkshire's Fountains Abbey, founded in 1132, is the best known; Bolton Abbey, in a wooded gorge beside the River Wharfe, has the most romantic setting.
The New Tyke, Thornton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD13 3DG, West Yorkshire
Daughter's Engagement Party The TS Scottish Ceilidh Band ref: 4371
From all directions roads drop down to the centre of the city of Bradford, and here at the heart of the wool market is industrial scenery that may not attract but cannot fail to impress. It is a city born of the Industrial Revolution, from the flamboyant architecture of the Wool Exchange and the town hall to the unplanned labyrinth of streets burrow-
ing between tiers of terraced houses. J. B. Priestley, the author, was born at 34 Mannheim Road in 1894. Bradford is ringed by former villages, now swamped by industrial growth. Greengates village, to the north-east, still has a 16th-century inn, The George and Dragon.
Clayton Golf Club, Thornton View Road, Clayton, Bradford. , BD14 6JX, West Yorkshire
50th birthday The SRG Ceilidh Band / Barn Dance Band ref: 4459
Marriott Hollins Hall Hotel in Shipley West Yorkshire. , BD17 7QW, West Yorkshire
Live band hired for Wedding The CB String Quartet ref: 6527
The Lodge 189 Spen Lane , BD19 4PJ, West Yorkshire
Live band hired for Wedding Reception The LP Function Band ref: 6299.2
The Orchard Marquee 189 Spen Lane Gomersal, West Yorkshire , BD19 4PJ, West Yorkshire
Live band hired for Wedding reception - Sirjit and Sukhveer Maxine - Harpist ref: 6366
Pennington's Octagon Live Octagon House, Bradford Rd, Keighley , BD20 5LY, West Yorkshire
Work Christmas Party The RTS Party Band ref: 6492
Broughton Hall Skipton, North Yorkshire , BD23 3AE, West Yorkshire
Live band hired for Wedding The DN Jazz Duo ref: 6528
Roads converge from every direction on this busy market town of Skipton at the eastern approach to the Aire Gap. The main Leeds-Liverpool Canal runs through the town, and is now used mainly by pleasure traffic. The great castle of the Cliffords stands behind the fine partly 14th-century Holy Trinity Church at the top of the busy High Street. Most of the castle is 14th-17th century, but one gateway of the original Norman castle built by Robert de Romille remains. Other features include a 50 ft long banqueting hall, a huge kitchen with roasting and baking hearths, a dungeon and a 'shell room', the walls of which arc decorated with sea shells.
Newton GrangeBank Newton, Skipton , BD23 3NT, West Yorkshire
Live band hired for Wedding The BV Gypsy Jazz Quartet ref: 3795
HF Holidays Newfield Hall, BD23 4AA, West Yorkshire
Swarthghyll Farm Bunk Barn, Oughtershaw, Nr Buckden, N Yorkshire, BD23 5JS, West Yorkshire
10 Year Anniversary The MR String Quartet ref: 2338
Burnsall, North Yorkshire, BD23 6BN, West Yorkshire
Cedar Court HotelMayo Avenue, Rooley Lane, Bradford, , BD5 8HW, West Yorkshire
50th birthday celebration The PD Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band ref: 4495
Cartwright Hall Lister Park, Bradford, West Yorkshire, , BD9 4NS, West Yorkshire
Live band hired for Wedding The SP String Quartet ref: 2382
Westwood Christian Fellowship, Golcar, Huddersfield, HD1 3LG, West Yorkshire
Live band hired for Wedding The MV String Quartet ref: 2374.1
Connoisseurs of the industrial scene will admire the concentrated Huddersfield townscape below the moors. Among the many excellent Victorian buildings the railway station is outstanding. Designed by J. P. Pritchett in the Classical manner with long colonnades, and built in 1847-8, it is one of the finest railway buildings in England.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 12 Halifax Road, Birchencliffe, Huddersfield , HD3 3BY, West Yorkshire
Live band hired for Wedding - Catharine and Joseph The MR Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.2
Briar Court Hotel in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD3 3NT, West Yorkshire
60th Birthday Party The AR String Quartet ref: 2667
Briarcourt Hotel Huddersfield Road, Birchencliffe, Huddersfield, HD3 3NT, West Yorkshire
Live band hired for Wedding Harpist - Anna ref: 6471
Briar Court Hotel, Halifax Road, Birchencliffe, Huddersfield, , HD33NT, West Yorkshire
Civil Wedding Ceremony The AR String Quartet ref: 2667
Kirkheaton Parish ChurchChurch Lane Kirkheaton Huddersfield , HD5 0BH, West Yorkshire
50th birthday celebration The MR Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.2
Crow Hill Cottages Crow Hill Lodge, Carrs Road, Marsden, Huddersfield,, HD7 6JH, West Yorkshire
Live band hired for Wedding - Rachael and Jonathan The EM String Duo ref: 2889.3
Hey Green Country House Hotel, Waters Road, Marsden, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, , HD7 6NG, West Yorkshire
Wedding The LN String Quartet ref: 2354
The short coastline of Tyne and Wear has a glorious stretch of sea shore, and a cliff walk at Marsden Bay looks down on caves and arches that have been carved out of the cliffs by the continuous pounding of the seas. Just offshore is Marsden Rock, a huge limestone mass cut by an archway under which boats can pass at high tide. The rock and the cliff ledges are nesting places for cormorants, kittiwakes, fulmars and gulls.
Woodsome Hall Golf Club Huddersfield , HD8 0LQ, West Yorkshire
Live music booking for Wedding The MH Gypsy Jazz Quartet ref: 6346
#Kirkburton First School School Hill, Kirkburton, Huddersfield, HD8 0SG, West Yorkshire
Church Social Event The PD Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band ref: 4495
Linfit House Barn125 Linfit Lane Kirkburton Huddersfield West Yorkshire, HD8 0UA, West Yorkshire
Lunchtime party at home for 40th wedding anniversary for Janine & Peter The AR String Quartet ref: 2667
The Carding ShedDobroyd Mills, Hepworth, , HD9 1AF, West Yorkshire
50th Birthday Party - Claire The MR Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.1
Cragrats Brasserie, Sheffield Road, Near Hepworth, Holmfirth , HD9 7TP , West Yorkshire
Live music booking for Wedding Reception The MV String Quartet ref: 2374.1
Crossley House Halifax Belle Vue Park, Hop Wood Lane, Halifax , HX1 5EB, West Yorkshire
Live music booking for Wedding - Gemma and David The CL Barn Dance/ Ceilidh Band ref: 6395
Halifax’s cloth trade dates back to the 15th century, and its oldest buildings are around the parish church of St John; they include the fine Piece Hall in Thomas Street. So, Halifax isn’t just about the Halifax Building society, as non Halifaxians may think. But the town bears the stamp of the igth century, notably represented by the town hall (the work of Sir Charles Barry, who designed the Houses of Parliament) and by the extravagant folly known as the Wainhouse Tower. This octagonal tower, 253 ft high, was originally a dye-worts chimney, and later topped by a pinnacle in the Renaissance style.
Shibden Hall, just east of the town, in a quiet park above a river, is a fine 15th-century mansion, now a museum. North of Halifax, greystone farms on rough moorland lie within 4 miles of the town centre. Lanes lead north-west through Wainstalls; further north, the moor rises eventually to 1400 ft, and reservoirs glisten in the hollows.
Halifax Vandals RUFC Warley Town Lane, Halifax , HX2 7SL, West Yorkshire
75th Birthday The SR Barn Dance /Ceilidh Band ref: 6297
Holdsworth House Halifax , HX2 9TG, West Yorkshire
Live music booking for Wedding The BSI String Quartet ref: 2638
Halifax Bradley Hall Golf Club Holywell Green, Halifax , HX4 9AN, West Yorkshire
Lady Captains Day (golf function) The MH English Barn Dance Band ref: 4997.2
The Olde Bridge InnPriest Lane Ripponden Halifax, HX6 4DF, West Yorkshire
50th Birthday Rock/Pop Covers Soloist: Lewie ref: 6129
Hebden Bridge Town Hall St Georges's Street, Hebden Bridge , HX7 7BY, West Yorkshire
60th Birthday Party The BC Party/Function/Covers Band ref: 5952
Hebden Bridge does have a real old bridge that humps over the Hebden between dark grey houses. Mills clutter the valley floor, and wild moors loom above. Clinging to them, a mile up a steep lane north-west of the town, the hilltop village of Heptonstall is a lovely cluster of ancient weavers' cottages, with 13th-century church ruins alongside the 19th-century church.
The QueensCity Square, Leeds, , LS1 1PJ, West Yorkshire
MSc Structural Geology Alumni Dinner Ceilidh The MR Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.2
The Leeds Club3 Albion Place Leeds, LS1 6JL, West Yorkshire
Evening wedding reception for Sarah & Derek The MR Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.2
Historically in Leeds, the woollen trade predominates and has made Leeds the world centre for ready-made clothing; but its other industries include everything from clocks and chemicals to furniture, fish canning and ferro-concrete construction. Collieries creep close to the city boundaries, and so do farmlands.
There is an excellent art gallery; cricket at Headingley; drama at the Grand and the new civic playhouse; and one of Britain's leading universities. Leeds is also the home of one of the last remaining music-halls in Britain, the City Varieties, which used to be televised weekly in the 1980’s. Grime coats many of its monumental Victorian buildings, the best of which include the Infirmary, Corn Exchange, the city market and the magnificent town hall. Yet not all is black. East of the town hall, the shops and office blocks of Headrow that were modern in the 1920s and 1930s now compete with complexes of concrete, brick and glass rising near by. Roundhay Park, formerly a royal hunting-ground, is the largest local playground. Middle-ton Railway, the oldest in existence, was built at Middleton Colliery in 1758. It is still worked by enthusiasts.
At Adel, once a village, now an affluent Leeds satellite, is one of the finest Norman churches in England. It has remained almost unaltered since.
Royal Armouries Armouries Drive, LS10 1LT, West Yorkshire
HMS Ceres Summer Ball The PD Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band ref: 4495
Wortley High School, Wortley, Leeds, , LS12 4RB, West Yorkshire
School merger The PD Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band ref: 4495
The Victory Hall,Carr Lane, Thorner, Leeds , LS14 3EY, West Yorkshire
50th Birthday Party The PD Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band ref: 4495
Thorner Victory Hall Thorner Victory hall, Carr Lane, Thorner , LS14 3EY, West Yorkshire
Live music booking for Wedding The FW Ceilidh /Barn Dance Band ref: 4879
Walled Garden Marquee Walled garden marquee, Temple Newsam , LS15 0AD, West Yorkshire
Live music booking for Wedding - Robert and Rebecca The SR Barn Dance /Ceilidh Band ref: 6297
St Chad's Parish Centre, Leeds Otley Rd, Far Headingley, Leeds , LS16 5JT, West Yorkshire
Live music booking for Wedding The MR Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.2
St Chads Parish Centre, Otley Road, Leeds, Yorkshire. , LS16 5JT, West Yorkshire
Live music booking for Wedding The RD Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4458
SURPRISE Alscliffe Village Hall, Harrogate Road, Huby, Leeds , LS17 0EG, West Yorkshire
SURPRISE David Murray's 50th birthday party The FW Ceilidh /Barn Dance Band ref: 4879
East Keswick Village HallSchool Lane East Keswick , LS17 9DA, West Yorkshire
Live music booking for Wedding Reception - Paul and Melanie The MR Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.2
Gateways School Harewood Avenue, Leeds , LS17 9LE, West Yorkshire
Christmas Ball Solo Saxophonist - Richie ref: 6285
The Salvation Army Nile St. Leeds, LS2 7QY, West Yorkshire
barn dance The MR Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.2
West Yorkshire tends to cover the industrial areas of Calderdale, Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield and Kirklees. Being such concentration of population, nowadays there is a lot of music going on in the area, but going back into history much of the population would have found their musical entertainment in working men's clubs, for variety halls – of which the Leeds City Varieties Musical – as a shining example still going strong today. Leeds town Hall, built in the 1850s, was also a concert venue, and of course in earlier periods the many stately homes in the area would have hosted their musical soirées, but probably more of the style of a classical string quartet from the ceilidh or barn dance, which would have been the preserve of the working men's club or village pub. Of course, jazz would not have come to the area to an extent until the 1920s and 1930s, where it seems to have struck a chord as there is a strong following of jazz and still quite a number of jazz clubs in the area.
Bar Seven7 Blenheim Terrace Leeds, LS2 9JG, West Yorkshire
Birthday Party/Wedding celebration The MR Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.2
Guiseley Theatre The Green Guiseley Leeds , LS20 9BT, West Yorkshire
Leaving Party The CS Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 6592
Askwith Village Hall Askwith Otley , LS21 2HX, West Yorkshire
60th birthday party..western style The LCS American Cowboy Ceilidh Band ref: 4821.2
Barnhouse Ingmanthorpe Hall Farm Wetherby West Yorkshire, LS22 5EQ, West Yorkshire
Charity Barn Dance The LCS American Cowboy Ceilidh Band ref: 4821.2
To anyone who has done a lot of travelling, Wetherby is about the service station! Not fair on the folks of the town though.
Barnhouse, Ingmanthorpe Hall Farm, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, , LS22 5EQ, West Yorkshire
Barn Dance The PD Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band ref: 4495
The Barnhouse, Ingmanthorpe Hall Farm, Wetherby, West Yorkshire. , LS22 5EQ, West Yorkshire
School Field School Lane, Walton, Wetherby , LS23 7DJ, West Yorkshire
21st Birthday The CS Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 6592
Marquee, Willow Barn, Manor Road, Stutton, Nr. Tadcaster, LS24 9BR, West Yorkshire
Live music booking for Wedding of Will and Sarah The MV String Quartet ref: 2374.1
Willow Barn,Manor Rd., Stutton, Nr Tadcaster, LS24 9BR, West Yorkshire
Birthday Party - Penny and Peter The BV Gypsy Jazz Quartet ref: 3795
Dintingdales Restaurant Scarthingwell Ln, Tadcaster , LS24 9PF, West Yorkshire
Birthday Party The MR Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.2
Kippax Band Club, Mount Pleasant, Kippax, Leeds , LS25 7DW, West Yorkshire
60th birthday party The MG Jazz Band ref: 3124.1
The Oulton Institue Quarry Hill Oulton Leeds, LS26 8SX, West Yorkshire
Gill's 40th Birthday Party The FW Ceilidh /Barn Dance Band ref: 4879
Birchfield Primary school Birchfield Avenue Gildersome Leeds , LS27 7HU, West Yorkshire
50th birthday The SR Barn Dance /Ceilidh Band ref: 6297
Morley, Nr Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 8AA, West Yorkshire
40th & 50th Birthdays The GG Jazz Trio ref: 3407.1
Bradford attracted the worsted trade away from Norwich, and grew into Britain's biggest wool market. Gradually, each division of the vast wool conurbation of West Yorkshire developed its own speciality: fancy worsteds in Huddersfield; tweeds in the Colne Valley; dress cloths in Bradford; and cheap, heavy woollen cloths in the districts of Dewsbury, Batley and Morley. Leeds became a world centre for ready-made clothing of all kinds.
Denton Hall in lkley near Leeds. , LS29 0HH, West Yorkshire
Live music hired for Wedding PC Dance Orchestra ref: 3374.2
Queens Hall Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale , LS29 7BT, West Yorkshire
Burley Festival Ceilidh The NC English Barn Dance Band ref: 6099
Clark Foley Centre Cunliffe Road, Ilkley, LS29 9DZ, West Yorkshire
Joint birthday celebration for Rosemary & Mike The MH English Barn Dance Band ref: 4997
The Wharfe flows beneath a gracious bridge in Ilkley, dating from 1673 beside the main street of this spa town, the Roman Olicana. The bridge is now closed to motor traffic for its preservation. All Saints1 Church has three Saxon crosses in the churchyard. The moors brood above. 'On Ilkla Moor baht 'at'—on Ilkley Moor without a hat—is an old folk song that has become the nearest thing to a Yorkshireman's national song. We’ve even been asked to play the tune at a Ceilidh and create a dance for it, in honour of Yorkshire (foreign) guests at a Warwickshire ceilidh. To prevent trouble regarding the war of the roses, don’t you know! A path above the wooded head of Hebers Ghyll, south-west of the town, leads to the 'Swastika Stone', a carved relic of the Bronze or Iron Age, from which views range across the whole valley below. South-east of the town, the moorland road passes close to Cow and Calf Rocks, a favourite practice ground for rock climbers. Westwards and southwards from here, paths continue across the moors to numerous stones with cup-shaped and ring-shaped carvings dating from the Bronze Age.
Christchurch Ilkley1 Festival Square, LS29 9LW, West Yorkshire
Church Harvest Festival Barn Dance The MR Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.2
Left Bank Leeds Cardigan Road, Leeds, LS6 1LJ, West Yorkshire
Live music hired for Wedding reception - Daniel and Suzie The RT Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4628
T.Js woodhouse club121 woodhouse street leeds, LS6 2JH, West Yorkshire
Live music hired for Wedding The SC Party Band ref: 5587
Carlton Barracks Carlton Gate, Leeds, LS7 1HE, West Yorkshire
Burns Night Celebration The BB Barn Dance/ Ceilidh Band ref: 6479
Carlton Barracks Carlton Gate, Leeds , LS7 1HE, West Yorkshire
Burns Night The PD Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band ref: 4495
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1PG, West Yorkshire
60th Birthday The MH Gypsy Jazz Quartet ref: 6346
Wakefield sports clubEastmoor Road Wakefield, WF1 3RR, West Yorkshire
50th Birthday Party - Annaliese The MR Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.2
WAKE- WF1 3RZ, West Yorkshire
Kellingley Social Centre Marine Villa Road , WF11 8ER, West Yorkshire
Community Event The SR Ceilidh/ Barndance Band ref: 4882
Batley Irish Democratic League Club Churchfield Street, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 5DL, West Yorkshire
St Patrick's Day The WJ Irish Band ref: 4206.1
Batley Irish Democratic League Club Churchfield Street, Batley, West Yorkshire , WF17 5DL, West Yorkshire
St Patrick's Day Weekend The WJ Irish Band ref: 4206.1
Batley Irish Democratic League Club Churchfield Street, Batley, West Yorkshire , WF17 5DL, West Yorkshire
St Patrick's Weekend The WJ Irish Band ref: 4206.1
Batley Irish Democratic League Club Churchfield Street, Batley, West Yorkshire , WF17 5DL, West Yorkshire
St Patrick's Day The BFB Instrumental Folk Band ref: 4331.2
St Patrick's Day Weekend The SH Irish Music Duo ref: 6336
Oakwell Hall, Nutter Lane, Birstall, Batley, , WF17 9LG, West Yorkshire
Live music hired for Wedding The MR Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.1
Waterton Park HotelWalton Lane Wakefield, WF2 6PW, West Yorkshire
Live music hired for Wedding of Louise Edward & Michael The EM String Duo ref: 2889.3
Hatfeild HallNormanton golf club, Aberford road, Stanley, Wakefield , WF3 4JP, West Yorkshire
Live music hired for Wedding The RA Acoustic Covers Duo ref: 6245
Hatfeild Hall Conference & Banqueting Centre, Normanton Golf Club, Hatfeild Hall, Stanley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. , WF3 4JP, West Yorkshire
Hockey Club Black Tie Dinner/Dance The BC Party/Function/Covers Band ref: 5952
Hatfeild Hall, Normanton Golf Club Aberford Rd, Stanley, Wakefield , WF3 4JP, West Yorkshire
Live music hired for Wedding - Greg and Janice The MR Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.2
Woodend CottageBretton Lane West Bretton Wakefield, WF4 4LF, West Yorkshire
Golden wedding party - Trevor and Sandra The MR Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Band ref: 4968.2
Yorkshire Sculpture Park West Bretton, Wakefield, , WF4 4LG, West Yorkshire
Client Thank You Dinner Pianist - Stuart ref: 2676
69 Church Street (Hirer's Home) Broadway Road, Aston Somerville, Broadway , WF5 9DS, West Yorkshire
80th birthday garden party (marquee) The MG Jazz Band ref: 3124.1
North Featherstone, near to Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 6NF, West Yorkshire
Working men’s club event The MP Ceilidh/ Music Hall Band ref: 0495.2
At this time Pontefract has a Music Festival in Apr., and an exhibition of the work of local artists in Nov. Rotherham has its annual 'Stattis' fair during the last weekend in Oct., celebrating the anniversary of the city receiving its Statutes.
Wentbridge House Hotel Wentbridge, Pontefract, West Yorks. , WF8 3 JJ, West Yorkshire
Live music hired for Wedding of Jenny & Robert The MG Jazz Band ref: 3124.1
Rogerthorpe Manor, Thorpe Lane, Badsworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire , WF9 1AB, West Yorkshire
Live music hired for Wedding The NC English Barn Dance Band ref: 6099
Pontefract castle has seen many tragedies. Richard II was murdered there in 1400; later, Roundheads and Royalists battled bitterly round its walls. Today, its ruins above the town rise out of well-kept flowerbeds, and there are lawn-tennis courts among the foundations. Below the castle, All Saints' Church, rebuilt in 1838, fills part of the ruins of an earlier church. A short walk from the castle along Micklcgate and Horsefair leads to the 18th century town hall and, beyond, to the wide market-place. Here are the butter cross (1734), St Giles's Church and some good examples of 18th-century architecture.
Several factories still make Pontefract cakes, the round liquorice sweets produced here since the I7th century; but the local fields of liquorice exist no more, and today the raw material comes mainly from plantations in Turkey. Pontefract's racecourse lies on the north side of the town.