LETTER: Crawley Festival success

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Another successful Crawley Festival has just finished for another year.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who participated and to those who organised it. Tony Witton and his team did a sterling job organising High Street Live which was sponsored by Gatwick Airport. Such an amazing event really brought the High Street to life. I am sure the local businesses approved as premises appeared to be full of customers . Yet High Street Live showcased local talent and proved what fantastic groups we have in and around Crawley.

Main Stage too just seems to be getting better and better; the food from the Cultural Kitchen is always amazing and well worth waiting for. In fact Saturday in Crawley was awash with talent and events; there was the Eastern Stream at Goffs Park celebrating Midsummer – Bob and I attended this fantastic Midsummer Festival when Bob was Mayor; Main Stage in Memorial gardens was yet again showcasing local talent, groups, clubs and hobbies and of course there was the wonderful Armed Forces Celebration in Queen’s Square when the Bandstand was in full use as was the grassed performance area bringing life to this wonderful public space. I have never seen so many people sitting around watching the raising of the Armed Forces flag and then watching the performances and events on display. Such performances included Eve Ozman who just keeps getting better and better; the Swing Dancers and an extremely smart marching band which I believe was the Air Squadron Band.

I would like to extend my thanks to those who organised the Armed Forces event and thank you to those who participated. It was a truly wonderful day.

Returning to the Crawley Festival I would also like to say a huge thank you to the choirs and schools who participated in the wonderful ‘Ahoy’ at The Hawth. It was a real treat. Thank you also to Alexander L’Estrange who wrote and arranged the score based on the Mary Rose.

It certainly has been a great week and to those who say the festival is poorly advertised may I remind them it was advertised in the local papers, on the radio and at the Hawth in the Hawth Programme. The Festival Committee – all six members – would love others to come on board.

Brenda Burgess, Crawley

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