Revived festival books orchestra

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A major attraction has been booked just weeks after it looked as though the future of Wetherby Festival was in doubt.

A rallying call for new members has been answered and the committee is busy securing bookings for the week-long event in October.

Chairman Richard Messenger said: “The committee is working hard at putting together an exciting programme of events with some past favourites and some new ventures to try to attract a wide audience of varying tastes and all ages.

“Already booked is the ever popular performance by the Leeds Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Martin Binks MBE.

“This will take place in St James’ Parish Church on the evening of Saturday October 17 when the orchestra will perform pieces of both classical and popular music and tickets will rapidly be sold out.”

Previous years has seen the event play host to stars such as Gareth Gates and Humphrey Lyttleton but Mr Messenger said it was in doubt that such bookings would take place this time.

“They want a lot of money to come so we have to get a lot of people and it is not always worth it.”

Mr Messenger said all events will be staged in venues in or around Wetherby town centre.

And organisers of the Festival, which will take place from October 16 to 25, are keen to attract the involvement of and sponsorship from local businesses and retailers.

Anyone interested should contact chairman, Richard Messenger, on 01937 586354, 07799 435787 or email:

And they are trying to encourage people to become a Festival member for a subscription of £10 a year in return for advanced notice of events and priority booking. Contact Mr Messenger.