Royalty to visit Keighley Festival as the week begins

Royalty to visit Keighley Festival

Keighley Festival ‘royalty’Simon Booth, left, and Malcolm Hanson with Keighley town councillor Andrea Walker, testing out the Sword Throne. Picture by Hannah Booth

Oliver Hedges with DJ Sean Davies during the Jam On Top DJ training sessions. Picture by Hannah Booth

Local people taking part in Deryck Feather’s Civic Centre Tea Dance during Keighley Festival. Picture by Hannah Booth

Local people taking part in Deryck Feather’s Civic Centre Tea Dance during Keighley Festival. Picture by Hannah Booth

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ROYALTY is promised at Keighley Festival events this year.

The festival’s “sovereign and ruler” Monsignor Simon De Booth is attending events during the six-day jamboree.

Simon and his knight Sir Malcolm Of Hanson will be guarding the glittering Sword Throne as their subjects gaze in awe.

Simon and Malcolm are in reality leading lights of the Keighley Festival, and they wanted to add a Games of Thrones flavour to this year’s proceedings.

The silver throne has already been displayed at events in such as Tuesday’s children’s extravaganza at East Riddlesden Hall.

The event, repeated after last year’s successful inaugural event, allowed several hundred pupils from local schools to try a variety of activities.

On Tuesday’s programme were ghost talks, local history displays, a Tour de France exhibition, music performances, art workshops, radio broadcasts and nature workshops.

Old dance expert Deryck Feather led a successful tea dance on Monday at Keighley Civic Centre.

Simon said: “The tea dance is always very well attended. The skill of the dancers is impressive, and their enthusiasm is even more so.”

On Monday the Jam On Top music studio, based in Dalton Lane, hosted the first of five daily DJ training sessions.

Simon said: “The extremely talented DJ Sean Davies worked with Oliver Hedges to put together a DJ session will be available as a free download at the end of the festival.”

The festival continues today (Thursday, July 10) with a floodlit cricket tournament using tennis balls at Marley sports centre, from 6.30pm until late.

There will be music tonight and tomorrow at the Boltmakers Arms, East Parade, Keighley.

Tonight also sees the annual One Amazing Night music and dance concert at Victoria Hall.

The show features dozens of children from several local schools, including a group of fledging musicians from Haworth Primary School who will perform their own interpretation of on an orchestral classic.

The Airedale shopping centre will host a tea dance led by Deryck Feather, in the early afternoon tomorrow, and a performance by local singer Emily Sargant and her band at noon on Saturday.

The Sangat Centre in Marlborough Street, Eastwood, will tomorrow host a packed day of activities including information stalls, gentle exercise, children’s fun, environmental art, planting, and a curry-cooking workshop


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