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Sunday, 02 August 2015

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Music and drama festival is town’s very own Glastonbury

The streets of Cockermouth came alive with the sounds of music, drama, story-telling and much more.

Cockermouth Live! organisers secured a selection of venues within walking distance of each other, so people could meander around, dipping in and out of rooms.

The festival kicked off on Friday night with The Tao of Everest, by mountaineer Ian Woodall, at The Kirkgate Centre.

On Saturday All Saints Church hosted a selection of community choirs; the busy Kirkgate Centre had a range of young theatre talent; and the chilled-out top floor at the Castle Bar was the perfect place to sit back and enjoy an eclectic mix of music and song.

Local performers also entranced the crowd, including former Cockermouth School pupil Emily Magorrian, who has just completed a four-year BA theatre course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She captivated the under fives with her interactive performance, Unfinished Place, as well as two sell-out shows with fellow conservatoire student, guitarist Laura Browne.

Prism Arts paraded through town with their handmade dragon, and guided tours of Cockermouth Castle, led by the Civic Trust, were sold out before the festival even began.

The highlight for many was a performance by folk rock rebels The Men They Couldn’t Hang at the Kirkgate on Saturday night.

Festival chairman Bob Pritchard said: “The place was absolutely bouncing. It was a great night; our own Glastonbury moment.

“We were very pleased with the atmosphere and the contributions of all the performers – we have had some great feedback.”


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