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It began in 1977. It was the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. 41 years ago.
The vicar of Wetherby at the time was the Rev Jonathan Bailey. He got together forty organisations. They judged it a good idea to hold a Festival of Arts. Forty years later, people still think it a splendid idea to bring the community together and attract people to our town.
We still distribute thousands of programmes door-to-door. We still have a Box Office in town beforehand and the performances attract sell-out attendance. Many think it pays to become a Festival member in order to enjoy advanced booking, preferential seating and up-to-date news.
Over the years there have been some famous names from the world of arts alongside local talent. They have included Stéphane Grappelli, Humphrey Littleton, Honor Blackman, Roger McGough, Julian Lloyd Webber and comics fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe such as Tom Wrigglesworth, Dr Phil Hammond and Shappi Khorshandi.
The Festival will this year 2019 bring in a strong local element getting back to our roots - singing groups and the famous Silver Band, it will feature a well known, and in these days, still well liked, politician for our literary lunch. There will also be the Abba Revival and top comedians. Plenty for all. Bad Apple theatre will bring some Yorkshire drama back to the Festival. We aim to make a Festival attractive to all in Wetherby and around.