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Swaffham singing crew Pot of Gold travel 1,000 miles from Harwich International Shanty Festival to Cornwall on east-west coast tour



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Pot of Gold, Swaffham's shanty crew, took to the road and travelled over 1,000 miles from the east to west coasts to entertain audiences.

Harwich International Shanty Festival was their first port of call where they joined more than 30 other shanty bands.

They sang to large and enthusiastic crowds at three locations in the town and finally on The Excelsior, an authentically restored fishing smack, built in 1921.

Swaffham shanty group Pot of Gold in Cornwall.
Swaffham shanty group Pot of Gold in Cornwall.

They then left by mini bus to Cornwall on their East meets West Tour. This was a first for the band singing so far from their home base.

They received a warm welcome at the Mevagissey Shanty Festival where they were asked to sing over two days at various locations in this small, friendly Cornish town. They were among 25 visiting groups singing in every quarter, in bright sunshine.

The next day they performed at the world famous Minack Theatre, six miles east of Land's End.

Swaffham shanty group Pot of Gold in Cornwall.
Swaffham shanty group Pot of Gold in Cornwall.

They said: "Again blue skies, wonderful company and a fantastic audience greeted us.

"This tour was beyond our wildest dreams and we were asked back everywhere we went."

Since September Pot of Gold has performed locally at the beautiful St Mary’s Church, Houghton on the Hill, the acoustically perfect St Nicholas Chapel and King’s Staithe at the Lynn heritage open day, and also at Tittleshall Church, and the museum at Gressenhall.

On Sunday, December 5, they will be at the Swaffham Christmas lights switch-on: and they have also been invited to make a CD in the new year.



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