ROYALTY came to rock Fallfest – and the marquee was packed with fans wanting to sing along.

Queen tribute act The Bohemians were the headliners for this year’s festival in Glusburn with tickets selling out weeks before the weekend began.

The Bohemians performed to more than 320 people in the marquee sited on Glusburn cricket ground as an alternative venue to the nearby Glusburn Institute, which was closed for refurbishment.

Fallfest director Sue Ingham said: “The crowd savoured every minute as hit after hit was delivered in a high octane performance from the band, with their own superb ‘Freddie’ and a lead guitarist more than capable of delivering Brian Mays riffs.

“Bronte Bars And Events, under the management of Cath Thornton, served up a selection of beers and a wide array of gin cocktails which certainly added to the night.”

Sue said the weekend again opened with the Great Fallfest Sing Off, with more than 100 primary school pupils delivering songs of their own schools’ choice and coming together to sing Queen’s We Are The Champions.

Sue said: “The judges concluded all were winners for the quality of their singing and taking part. The winners’ trophy went to Kildwick School with a small choir of eight but a truly large performance and a topical song choice based on the Macmillan coffee morning weekend.

“Friday evening saw a real treat fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe – Falling Stars performed their original piece To Be Or Not To Be –Purgatory Is The Question.

“This challenging piece caused us to reflect on the complexities of familial relationships and the toxic mix of jealousy, revenge and lies. Every character in the play was guilty of using, indeed abusing, each other, making it hard to empathise with anyone in particular whilst feeling the torment of them all.

“After the interval there was a much lighter touch with an interactive murder mystery which really caught the imagination of all.”

Saturday was family day with a talk by Sam Boatwright who recently completed an extreme challenge. Sam started the junior race and awarded prizes to both junior and senior racers.

The Fazzards, a band consisting of 12 and 13-year-olds, played throughout the day in the marquee .

Sue said: “They have already made a real impact in and around the area. They are talented and tight, and certainly a band to keep an eye on.

The beer and gin event remained open for the weekend, and there was a successful dog show run by by Jill Hurst and her team.

Sue added: “The Fallfest team worked hard to overcome the problems of our English weather and very reluctantly had to cancel Sunday’s programme due to health and safety concerns. Saturday night was electric, 320+people loving every minute, so we were happy to end on a high.”

The team wanted to thank sponsors and supporters including main sponsors Just Motors and Cross Hills and Glusburn Parish Council, as well as Glusburn Cricket Club and Richard Smith.