The Literary Festival turns back the town’s clock.

The Literary Festival turned the clock back

There were many entrants for the festival fancy dress competition with Michaela Knowles one of the main organisers promising to make it a feature of future festivals. “We are so proud of the town and our festival visitors for coming in fancy dress, it brightened up the town and made it an occasion to remember, especially for the children.”

Entrants for the Fancy Dress competition lined up at 11 o’clock for judging to take place.  The judge, Ann Baseden, cast her expert eye over them and scored each against criteria such as historical accuracy, effort and creativity.  The prizes were vouchers to spend at The Stur of the Moment.

Linda Cowley won the prize for best adult costume and Penny Jane Swift and her girls won the family group prize.  The standard of the entries for the two children’s groups were close and so Ann decided to award them jointly – the joint winners in the 11 to 16 years category were Alice, Megan and Miriam, and the award for the 10 years and under group was shared by Verity, Felicity and Beatrix.

All around the town there were people in amazing costumes. From shop workers to people following the Literary Walk, the Victorian themed costumes all helped to set the scene for the Festival. Jo Lewis, organiser of the competition said “Lots of people clearly went to a great deal of effort and had a lot of fun choosing and wearing their period costumes for a day.”  As well as the entrants to the competition, there were shop workers and others around town   People in shops were unable to enter the competition because they were working in the shops or busy


Dance troupe Steps in Time, winners of the Family Group

Congratulations also to.

Adult: Linda Cowley,

Age 11 – 16 years: Alice, Megan, Miriam (joint),

Age 10 and under: Verity, Felicity, Beatrice (joint)