Hunstanton drama festival under way

Michael Williamson far left front row with his team of adjudicators, guests and committee members. MLNF15EB07286 Elaine Bird www.townandaround.net ANL-160713-131420001
Michael Williamson far left front row with his team of adjudicators, guests and committee members. MLNF15EB07286 Elaine Bird www.townandaround.net ANL-160713-131420001

The curtain has been raised for the 25th anniversary of Hunstanton Drama Festival with a visit by the borough mayor and mayoress.

Opening the festival on Thursday evening, chairman and chief adjudicator Michael Williamson welcomed councillor David Whitby and his wife Linda, the mayor of Hunstanton James Johnson, deputy mayor Adrian Winnington and the Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts Committee to the celebratory reception of the popular annual festival.

Mr Williamson said: “The festival has run under several managements over the years but has always remained one of the most eagerly anticipated and enjoyable events in the arts calendar.

“We have had entrants from all over Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and The Princess Theatre is a splendid venue in which to perform.

“Today we must pay tribute to the late John Seaman for the inspiration and hard work that he put in to the Festival over the years.

“He was a great friend and colleague whose untimely death was a great sadness to us all”

A 25th birthday cake baked by festival of arts committee member Angela Blenkinsop was cut by Williamson and the success of the event toasted by everyone attending before the first play Harlequinade was performed by the Hunstanton Community Players.

Mr Whitby said: “This is our first visit to the Drama Festival and we are very much looking forward to it.”

Trophies awarded in the festival include Best Original Script, Best Play and Best Actor/Actress.