Music and drama festival in Brigg hailed 'one of the best ever'
THIS year's North Lincolnshire Music and Drama Festival has been hailed as "one of the best ever" by organisers in Brigg.
After two weeks of stiff competition, trophies were handed out at an awards night at The Vale Academy.
Brigg mayor Carl Sherwood attended the event, which highlighted some of the best music and drama performances of the festival.
And treasurer Pam Stephenson believes this year, the 93rd in which the festival has run, has been one of the best ever.
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She said: "It has been excellent. There has been a very good atmosphere and I actually think it is one of the best I have ever seen.
"The adjudicators have been excellent and the competition has picked up well as the two weeks went on."
Julian Plunkett, 13, from Worlaby, won a number of awards, including the Thomas Day Trophy for humorous poem or prose speaking. He was also chosen as regional championship representative for drama.
Julian said: "I am proud to have done so well. It's really good and I feel a big sense of achievement. I had another festival just before this one, so I have been working very hard.
"It has been good this year and I have enjoyed watching the other people. It helps me improve by watching them."
Leah Kirk, 8, from Brigg Primary School, won the Peacock Trophy for verse speaking. She said: "I feel happy to have won. It has been scary sometimes but I feel like I did well. My mum watched and she was very proud."
Georgina Patchett, cup secretary, said: "There has been some very good stuff this year. Elicia Palmer was very good on the cello and Jessica Brameld also did very well.
"Julian Plunkett is representing us at regionals, having developed so well in recent years.
"Famous names like Sheridan Smith have come through this festival system. They won the same trophies. When you see them, it is lovely to know they came through the same route as these young people.
"I think it is all about getting involved for most of them. They all learn together and have fun, and it helps their confidence immensely. There is a discipline they have to learn."