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Magic moments ahead for Clapham

Wednesday 21 April 2004

ONE of the most famous villages in the Yorkshire Dales – Clapham – is heading for a magic weekend next month as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The village is having a weekend of Magic, Myths and Legends on May 8 and 9 and one of the attractions will be a weird and wonderful inflatable structure known as a "luminarium".

This huge blow-up structure, which is moved by small fans and lights up in a spectacular display, will sprout from the side of Ingleborough, one of the famous Three Peaks, as part of the celebrations.

The booking of the luminarium is a massive coup for organisers of the Clapham festival because it was due to get its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival later this year. Instead, its first ever appearance will be in Yorkshire.

During the festival, local residents and businesses will take part in a competition to decorate their homes, gardens and shop fronts with home made boggarts, wood spirits, elves, hobs and faeries. Clapham will be transformed into an enchanted village.

Any local residents or businesses that would like to be involved in the festival are invited to contact the Project Co-ordinator, Peter Huby, on 01729 840087.


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