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Children from left to right: Herbie, Amara (St. Philip’s), Holly & Madeleine (Arundel Church of England Primary School). Adults from left to right: Sharon Blaikie (Chair of Arundel Festival of the Arts Committee), Simon Growcott (Orchestral Manager at the University of Chichester), Mayor Tony Hunt & two of the musicians from the Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra.

Last Thursday the 26th of August the Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra gave a special children’s concert at Arundel Cathedral and four children from Arundel’s two primary schools-Arundel Church of England Primary School and St. Philip’s Roman Catholic Primary School gave individual performances on the piano, the guitar and by singing during the evening.

At the end of the evening in presenting prizes to the children and congratulating them, Mayor Tony Hunt thanked the Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra for providing such a magical evening, and paid tribute to the Festival organisers. He commented:

“It is just wonderful that we can all be back out and about again enjoying this Arundel Festival together. We are very fortunate to live in a town where volunteers can stage such an event, and in a town which can attract such talented performers of the calibre of the Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra to come and participate.

We must be very grateful to the people who have made this possible. Arundel Festival does not just happen. It takes months of hard work and planning-almost all of it done by volunteers. When work began on this Festival in January, we were all in lockdown. The children were spending their school day online. None of us knew what the situation would be in August. Some people said we shouldn’t hold a Festival this year because we don’t know what the situation will be. Luckily for us the Festival Committee took a different view and prepared for a whole range of situations, so they were ready for whatever circumstances materialised.

More than ever before, in 2021, this 45th Arundel Festival has been the result of determination, a sheer refusal to give up and a huge amount of hard work by the Chair of the Festival, Sharon Blaikie, and the Festival committee and volunteers. So I thank them, and everyone else who has contributed, the schools, the sponsors and the performers, for what they have delivered for our enjoyment”.               

I am now looking forward to the 46th Festival next year.”