The 1980 Festival took place in the autumn, like the first festival. No snow this year.
There was an even more ambitious full line-up, with 38 events. The professional events often had capacity audiences but the finances skated on thin ice.
Now well established, the Festival attracted Julian Lloyd Webber, the cellist brother of Andrew Lloyd Webber, to perform. Star performers also included the popular performance poet of this age, Roger McGough. The BBC’s Any Questions team came to the Wetherby Methodist Church Hall with David Jacobs in the chair. The local MP, Michael Allison, Minister for Northern Ireland at this time of the IRA Hunger strike, spoke at the Festival Service.