Folk star launches Whaley water fun

A FOLK music star who toured the world is launching the 12th annual Whaley Water Weekend next Friday.

Acoustic music courtesy of Linda Simpson, now a High Peak resident, is new this year at the family fun event.

Linda has organised an acoustic evening with a strong local bias to launch the event on Friday, June 10 at 6pm.

She spent 26 years with the band Magna Carta and toured the worl. She now lives on canal boat The Busker, which is tied up in the High Peak.

She said. “I’ve spoken to the many local acoustic clubs in the High Peak, and getting them to put on an evening will be a treat for acoustic fans and an eye-opener for some local people.”

Like most events at W3, the evening is free. Free boat trips form the central part of the W3 event on Saturday and Sunday with a choice of five vessels - Sam, Otter, Rachael and Phoenix will all do the short ‘jolly’ trip, while New Horizons will do the longer heritage trip to Bugsworth Basin.

On the Saturday night, music will be provided by Whaley Bridge Band, who have lots of young members and will be presenting their oompah band version, alongside Acoustic Collective who return to W3 with their relaxed, folksy songs.

Into the evening, until 10pm, two youth bands, Aimless from Buxton and Nightyear from Chapel, will perform supported by local bands.

Other attractions on Saturday include:

• Meerkats from the Petting Zoo in Chesterfield, making a return visit.

• Watts in the Yurt? High Peak Community Arts bring a yurt - circular tent - to show electricity can be created from a bike.

• Canoe Displays by Peak Paddlers.

• BMX displays by the youth of Whaley Bridge.

On the Sunday there are more boat trips and more music with Whaley Bridge Band, under musical director Marcus Jones, playing ‘at home’ for a second day with a great traditional sound for an outdoor event.

The High Peak Jazz Orchestra, under conductor John Milner will give a new meaning to the phrase Jazz on a Summer’s Day while The Whaley Choir, also on a return visit, will demonstrate their disciplined and totally enjoyable style.

There will also be a classic car display as proud owners bring their gleaming machines. This part of the activities is organised by the Hare and Hounds Classic Vehicles Association, whose 15th Peaks and Dales Run, is on Sunday June 19, finishing at Buxton Pavilion Gardens.

Visitors will also be able to browse a variety of stalls.

To find out more about Whaley Water Weekend, see