A JAMBOREE of music, real ale and Vikings brought a Wirral community together.
The first Wirral Earth Festival took place on Saturday, with hundreds heading to West Kirby for a fun-packed day.
The folk-themed entertainment took place at St Bridget’s Church and field with two stages featuring folk singers and performers..
Wirral Skip-Felag Viking group came to celebrate St Bridget’s past, as it was built by Viking settlers more than a thousand years ago.
The event was in collaboration with two organisations: Homegrown Artists, a group of performers and poets, and Transition Town, a group which promotes ecological well-being.
The curate of St Bridget’s, Mike Loach, came up with the idea to bring Wirral community groups together. Mike, who came to Wirral 15 months ago, said: “It was a brilliant day with hundreds of people across Wirral and Liverpool coming to enjoy the day.
“We had many quirky performers, including a graffiti artist.
“We had over 60 stall holders from local organisations, and lots of local folk bands playing as well as an acoustic tent.
“The festival was to bring the community together and show the amount of people who care and help people.
“It wasn’t a religious event, but to bring people together who have concerns for the environment and community.
“It was wonderful to see the re-enactment group show people how Vikings had cared for the earth and recycled items.
“St Bridget’s was founded by Viking settlers over a thousand years ago, and still has Viking foundations.
“The centre exhibits some Viking artefacts found locally. We also have a 1,000-year-old burial stone.
“The festival was finished off with some beer and hymns – as St Bridget is the patron saint of real ale.”