Don Valley’s kids shine on

Rainbow Connection, winners of the Drama Group section. Other winners included Elizabeth Boyers, Luke Shenton-Sharp and Nathan Hirst.

Rainbow Connection, winners of the Drama Group section. Other winners included Elizabeth Boyers, Luke Shenton-Sharp and Nathan Hirst.

0
Have your say

Talented youngsters from around South Yorkshire made the 99th Don Valley Festival one to remember.

The high standard of performances across the board drew praise from judges at the Festival, held last weekend.

Mr Paul Bench, speech adjudicator said that although it was “friendly competition” he had been very impressed by the good work he had seen.

The first class of the festival was held at The White Church, Balby, where 12 groups took part in music making for special needs.

The evening classes followed at Hall Cross Lower School with instrumental classes.

Saturday and Sunday full-day sessions were held at the University Centre, High Melton, for entrants in music, speech and drama.

There was a wonderful display from amateur artists in the foyer of the Fountayne Building.

The atmosphere was electric when local landscape artist and writer Michael Fowler presented the awards to John Wardle, Ella Smith and overall winner Harriet Gregory.

The most outstanding pianist was Lauren Sawden, of Mexborough, will represent the Don Valley Festival in the North London music festival to compete for the Emmanual Trophy.

Lydia Georgiou was chosen as the most outstanding speech and drama competitor, receiving the Harry Cutts Trophy and Nathan Hirst of Mexborough will represent the Don Valley Festival at the Regional Championships in Ilkley on September 24.

The winner of the Geoffrey Barlow Memorial Cup for the most outstanding competitor in the music section was awarded to Maxine Taylor. Maxine, Lydia and Harriet will have their trophies presented at the Male Voice Choir Gala Evening on April 17 at the Elsecar Heritage Centre.

Don Valley Festival (previously known as the ‘Mexborough and District Music and Drama Festival’) was established in 1912.

Next year the festival will be 100 years old, and celebrations are being planned for the Centenary year.

The festival organisers would appreciate any information or memorabilia from the past festivals.

More photographs and updates are on the Don Valley Festival web site.