Everyone's a winner at Cleethorpes Festival Of Music And Words
AN HILARIOUS adjudicator praised a "delightful start" to the Cleethorpes Festival Of Music And Words.
The festival started at St Andrew's Methodist Church, in St Peter's Avenue, yesterday with impressive performances from St Martin's Speech Choir and Kirmington Cof E Primary School Speech Choir.
After the Group Theme Class, 11 years and under, comedy adjudicator Stephen Owen described the performances as "truly delightful" on his first professional visit to the area. He also admitted that he is not always so lucky.
"Not once did I find myself losing the will to live, asking the lord to take me to a better place or reaching for the Prozac", he said as pupils, teachers and parents sniggered.
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And he was full of praise for the performances he has seen in Cleethorpes.
He said: "What a wonderful way to start the festival. It was a delight to watch and a delight to share.
"With performances like this, it doesn't matter if you come first or second – everyone is a winner," he said.
Mr Owen continued: "In future, if your mother ever says 'don't you remember anything', you can simply say 'festival, Mother'."
But despite Mr Owen's amusing comments, he would be the first to admit that it was the children's performances that showed real star quality.
Oliver Sullivan, 9, of St Andrew's Speech Choir who won the class, said: "I was very nervous at first but I settled in after a while.
"I wasn't sure if we would win because the other school was very good.
"We are all very happy and proud that we got first."
The children were also glad of the comments from Mr Owen.
Eleanor Gower, 10, of St Andrew's Speech Choir, said: "I was very happy that we didn't get any criticisms and the judge's comments really made me laugh."
Organiser Sue Warren was also pleased with the new adjudicator.
"He is a real character and the children seem to like him which is the important thing."
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The speech section of the festival continues at St Andrew's Methodist Church today and the musical section runs from Wednesday, June 20 to Saturday, June 23.
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