Get on song for arts festival

Denis Watson, Chairman of Fleetwood Music and Arts Festival.
Denis Watson, Chairman of Fleetwood Music and Arts Festival.

A CALL has gone out for Fylde coast residents in to support a festival of the arts.

For the past 62 years the Fleetwood Music and Arts Festival has provided a platform for talented singers, musicians and actors, many of them youngsters.

However, organisers have been disappointed in recent years by the relatively small numbers of people going along to watch the performances.

They are hoping that this year the festival, taking place at various venues across town on Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, will get a better turn-out.

Festival chairman Denis Watson, who this year celebrates 25 years involvement with the event, said: “This is a wonderful festival which encourages talented performers, including children, and gives them a chance to get an opinion from top adjudicators – and a chance to win trophies.

“We would like to see a few more people watching, because it will create a more lively atmosphere.

“It is good for the spectator, because many of these performers are talented musicians, singers and actors.”

On October 5 there will be free entry when the Mount Methodist Church plays host to school choirs, bands and choral speaking from 1.30pm.

The following day sees junior and adult speech classes at St Mary’s Primary School from 9am; junior vocal classes at the Mount Methodist Church from 9am, junior piano at St Peter’s Church from 9.30am and cello, brass and woodwind at Trinity Baptist Church at 9.30am.