Prescot Festival reaches 1,600 visitor numbers

Wigan Youth Brass Band (Picture by Alan Humphreys)
Wigan Youth Brass Band (Picture by Alan Humphreys)
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For the first time in its 11-year history a Merseyside arts festival has attracted more than 1,600 visitors.

The 12th Annual Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts showcased big bands, orchestras, choirs and acoustic singers to draw in the crowds between 17 and 26 June.

Singer-songwriter Stuart Todd (Picture by Alan Humphreys)

Singer-songwriter Stuart Todd (Picture by Alan Humphreys)

Among this year’s highlights was a moving performance of Mozart’s Requiem, held to remember Prescot’s War dead in the 100th year since the town erected its War Memorial—among the first of its kind in the country.

The 10-day programme also included a screening of the 1977 BBC film Our Day Out, by special permission of Whiston-born writer Willy Russell, in honour of local character actor Bill Moores, who passed away in 2015. The event was the first to sell out when tickets went on sale in May.

It was down to the South Liverpool Orchestra and trumpeter Hannah Mackenzie to draw the proceedings to a close on Sunday, with a Regal Festival Finale paying tribute to William Shakespeare and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“We’ve consistently seen more than 1,400 annually for the last few years,” said Artistic Director Dr Robert Howard, “and it gives us great delight knowing that the number of people we’re attracting to our historic Lancashire town continues to grow.”

The committee have already pencilled in Friday 16 to Sunday 25 June 2017 for the 13th annual festival.