Music festival coming to town

Pontefract Music Festival organisers Norman Dale and Prue Robertson at Central Methodist Church in Pontefract. p306a440

Pontefract Music Festival organisers Norman Dale and Prue Robertson at Central Methodist Church in Pontefract. p306a440

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Hundreds of musicians will take to the stage next month when Pontefract Music Festival returns.

Around 250 musicians will perform at venues across the town during the event.

The festival, first held in 1903, will run during the first two weekends in March.

It will feature a variety of musical performances including choirs, comedy, instruments and opera.

Norman Dale, festival committee chairman, said: “We would like to thank the music societies, schools and everyone else for their support.

“The festival is always a lot of fun and it’s a reward for all the hard work people put in.”

Organisers had feared the festival may not go ahead this year due to a lack of applicants.

But it was saved after a late flood of entries in February.

Mr Dale added: “It’s great it’s going ahead after the difficulty we had in recent months.

“It’s part of Pontefract’s heritage and we want to keep that going.”

The festival will take place on Friday, March 6, Saturday, March 7 and Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14.