TOWN Mayor Nick Hodges opened the East Grinstead and Arts Festival at Chequer Mead today.
Nick, who is President of EGMAF during his year of office, wished all performers success at the Festival which is in its 47th year.
Chairman Christine Mainstone welcomed all participants to Chequer Mead, particularly those who have travelled long distances to compete in dancing, singing, speech and drama. She also welcomed the adjudicators for the various sections.
“We are so proud to be able to stage our Festival at Chequer Mead that has such excellent facilities for our competitors,” she said.
“Visitors to East Grinstead often comment on how they enjoy their day at Chequer Mead and how lucky we are to have a professional theatre for our residents to enjoy.”
The East Grinstead Festival attracts competitors from across the South East of England and runs each weekend between 18 April to 9 May.
18 April – singing
25 April – dance
26 April – dance & speech and drama
2 May – dance & speech and drama
3 May – dance & speech and drama
9 May – dance