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Hundreds turn out for The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever in Folkestone

A wave of red hit Folkestone's Harbour Arm for the return of The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever.

Around 250 fans of singer Kate Bush came together to re-create the music video for her 1978 song Wuthering Heights on Saturday.

Dressed in red dresses and donning dark wigs, men, women and children and a couple of dogs joined forces for the iconic dance on the harbour arm.

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever returned to Folkestone. Picture: Andy Jones
The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever returned to Folkestone. Picture: Andy Jones

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A practice session and singalong was held beforehand.

Organiser Peter Burkinshaw said: "We are overjoyed with how the day went - there was a really nice atmosphere and friendly vibe.

"Everyone was happy and having a good time.

"It felt a lot bigger than last year."

Wuthering Heights was Kate Bush's debut single and remains her most successful.

Fans of singer Kate Bush came together for the dance event on Saturday
Fans of singer Kate Bush came together for the dance event on Saturday

She was inspired to write the lyrics after seeing the 1967 BBC adaptation of Emily Bronte's 1847 novel Wuthering Heights.

It is sung from the perspective of the Wuthering Heights character Catherine Earnshaw to her beloved Healthcliff.

The song stayed at number one on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks and received widespread critical acclaim, with Pitchfork naming it the fifth greatest song of the 1970s.

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever, which honours the song and the singer, started in 2013 with Shambush! in Brighton, which attempted to set a world record for the most number of people dressed as Kate Bush in one place.

It caught on and now events are held around the world including Adelaide, Perth, Northern Rivers, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Montreal, Atlanta, Berlin, Uppsala, Wellington, Hobart, Amsterdam and Dublin.

Folkestone joined in the fun in 2018 for the first time and was the first town, rather than city, to take part.

Mr Burkinshaw added: "We saw other cities were doing it and it looked fun. It sits well within the creative aspects of the town."
Money raised from the day - around £500 - will be split between arts and literature charity Living Words and Unique, which supports families living with rare chromosome or gene disorders.

A full picture spread of Saturday's event will be in this week's Folkestone & Hythe Express, out Wednesday.

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