Former winner returns to town for festival

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Blackpool Festival for Music, Dance & Speech starts on Saturday at Arnold School with dance classes for children of all ages competing in a range of styles.

The classes will continue until Monday, October 24 then after a two-day break, the festival continues on Thursday, October 27 for a further three days.

There will be then be competitions for children and adults, in piano, instrumental and vocal classes. All the speech and drama classes will be held on Saturday, October 29.

The festival ends on the Saturday evening with adult singers competing for the Silver Rose Bowl.

This year back as adjudicator is internationally acclaimed soprano, Amanda Roocroft, a former competitor and prize-winner there.

Ticket details from (01253) 349650.