ORGANISERS of the annual Lymm festival are promising something “Bigger and better” for this year’s event which runs from June 18-18 and includes a variety of special guests including former Beirut hostage Terry Waite.
The former Archbishop’s envoy will be joined leading journalist Virginia Ironside and comedian Jo Caulfield on the list of personalities. An estimated 12,000 people attended the Festival and Historic Transport Day last year and a great time was had by all. The village’s beautiful surroundings will be the backdrop for canal cruises and Joe Griffiths’ and John Parry’s Lymm Walks.
The Festival will get off to a tasty start on June 18th with the FoodFest. The main street will be full of people anxious to sample dishes and drinks from the local restaurants and shops.
Things will be a little calmer two days later when people can dress up for an Edwardian Garden Party in the grounds of Lymm Hall. Introduced last year this event proved popular with families who brought a picnic, while the youngsters took part in the teddy bear trail.
The gardens at Lane End Cottage on Old Cherry Lane will be open throughout the festival showing Art In The Garden. The new venue for this festival favourite proved popular last year with surprising exhibits behind every tree.
Rehearsals are already under way for the Big Sing on June 23rd. The all amateur choir entertained people at the Dickensian Christmas in the village. They will be joined at the Statham Lodge Hotel by Beverley Craven. She enjoyed Top 5 success with “Promise Me” and the choir are delighted that she has agreed to sing at their concert. More information at www.lymmbigsing.co.uk where you can also order tickets.
The Festival will reach a great climax on June 28th with Historic Transport Day. In a couple of years it has become one of the highlights of the festival. Lymm Historic Transport Day(June 28th) takes on a new dimension this year by linking up with the Lancashire Traction Engine Club to bring over a dozen traction engines to the village including the magnificent showman’s engine – Supremacy. This new element of the show is being managed by local traction engine owner Chris Adamson of Heatley.
Tickets, when on sale, will be available from the Festival website www.lymmfestival.org.uk or Lymm Electric, Bridgewater St, Lymm.