Some 200 young people from all across the Fylde Coast and beyond took part in the Lytham St Annes Festival at St Bede’s RC High School as the long-standing event entered a new era.
This year the festival has expanded over two weekends to accommodate the growing popularity of dance – and ballerinas, tap dancers, contemporary jazzers and characters in costumes were among the performers who filled the main stage with colour and energy.
The festival, an eclectic celebration of performance arts which also featured speech and drama, singing and instrumental classes, has a distinguished history dating back more than a century, when it originated as a church choir festival involving local Lytham and St Annes parishes.
A highlight of the event is the popular Festival of Choirs held on the Saturday evening, in front of an audience, and this year it featured seven local choirs who each performed two songs which were then professionally adjudicated.
The music and singing sections have always been extremely popular and the recent additions of an electric guitar and drum categories have been well received and provided a contemporary alternative to the more traditional piano, string and wind instrument classes.
In the speech and drama section, a large variety of classes ranged from acting solos and duologues, comedy poems and Lancashire dialect poems to group acting and bible reading and improvisation.
St Annes-based drama adjudicator Brian Hindle said: “Everyone was enthusiastic and enjoyed themselves.”
Details about participation in future festivals at www.lytham-st-annes.org.uk/ lsafpa/