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Haverhill Festival gets under way

Friday, 18th June 2010.

Two weeks of entertainment starts tomorrow as the Haverhill Festival gets under way.

Kicking off the festival is a trio of musical events - a harmonica workshop, a free band concert and a Buddy Holly tribute.

Arrive at 11am tomorrow (Saturday) for some expert tuition by harmonica wizard Steve Lockwood, who says it’s a lot easier to learn than it looks! If you don’t have a harmonica you can buy one on the day.

In the afternoon Haverhill Silver Band will fill the air with the sounds of their of old favourites at a free concert in the Market Square and day one of the festival closes with the Buddy Holly Tribute, Rave On at the Arts Centre at 7.30pm.

Marc Robinson and the Counterfeit Crickets channel Buddy’s rock 'n' roll energy and Michael King also performs as the British rock 'n' roller, Billy Fury.

Other musical treats include Arnold Sinfonia’s Guitar Recital with Andrew Booth. Andrew’s recital features a selection of music, including jazz arrangements and light classics, perfect for a summer’s evening at the Arts Centre on Sunday at 7.30pm.

Perennial favourite of the keyboard world Robert Wolfe returns to Haverhill as a guest of the Haverhill Keyboard Club on Tuesday, at 7.30pm.

Kathryn Tickell, one of the current stars of the folk scene, champions the music and traditions of the North East and plays at the Arts Centre on Friday, July 2, at 8pm.

This year there’s some great festival comedy lined up. Phil Cool is back, with his controllable rubber face, at the Arts Centre on Friday, June 25, at 7.30pm.

The witty and multi-talented journalist, broadcaster, cook, author, and contributor to Radio 4’s Thought For The Day and Today programme, Rabbi Lionel Blue, will delight people from all religions, and from none, with his stories, observations and gentle humour on Sunday, June 27, at 8pm.

On Saturday, July 3, the Haverhill Street Festival returns with a rolling programme of free entertainment - with a large helping of silliness in the town centre between 11am and 3pm.

Make your way down to the Market Square on Saturday, June 26, from 10.30am when the Streetball Extreme Basketball crew are joined by best free-stylers from football and BMX to bring you free demos, games and loads of fun.

If you are aged 12+ you can register a team of three to take part in the tournament. The only requirement for entry is suitable clothing and footwear.

Haverhill Operatic Society and Haverhill Silver Band join forces to organise a rousing Last Night of the Festival Proms at the Old Independent Church at 7.30pm on Sunday, July 4. Expect hat-flinging, flag-waving favourites to wave the festival goodbye – until next year that is.

For tickets and further details of other events go to www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk or call the Arts Centre box office, 01440 714140

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