Dougie MacLean closes Fleetwood's Fylde Folk Festival

Dougie Maclean
Image caption Dougie MacLean brings the curtain down on the festival in Fleetwood

More than a thousand people from all over the world are in Lancashire for the 2013 Fylde Folk Music Festival.

The annual event in Fleetwood, now in its 41st year, has featured 200 artists and 139 events across the town.

Singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean who penned folk ballad Caledonia will bring the curtain down on the festival with a gig at the Marine Hall.

Festival founder and director Alan Bell said there has been a "tremendous atmosphere" throughout the town.

Mr Bell, who has also performed in the four-day festival, said it was "a real international event".

"We have had people over from Alaska, Australia, New Zealand as well as France and Germany."

He said he set up the festival because he was travelling all over the country to folk festivals with his band Taverners Folk Group in the 1960s.

"I realised we didn't have a folk festival the North West," he said.

"It was a one-day festival to start with and it has grown and grown.

"We offer such a wide diversity of music from the traditional singers to modern young people who are producing fantastic sounds.

"It's a great mix of ages and talents."

Other events held at the festival include the Lancashire Clog Dancing Championships and a tongue-in-cheek Worst Singer In the World competition.

Maclean was appointed an OBE in 2011 and received a lifetime achievement award at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in January.

He takes to the stage at 22:00 BST.

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