Standing ovation for Rugby’s Festival of Culture

Rugby Food Fair, Market Place, Rugby.'Amy Crooke ( Hindley Bakery )
Rugby Food Fair, Market Place, Rugby.'Amy Crooke ( Hindley Bakery )
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THE final curtain came down on Rugby’s successful Festival of Culture at the weekend.

There was a standing ovation at Rugby’s School’s Temple Speech Room after the Elgar Concert on Sunday.

Rugby Food Fair, Market Place, Rugby.'Debbie Beaumont ( Flavours )

Rugby Food Fair, Market Place, Rugby.'Debbie Beaumont ( Flavours )

Supported by Rugby First, Rugby Borough Council and a wide variety of local individuals, groups, businesses, organisations and sponsors, feedback has been positive.

There were more than 70 events, including an outdoor performance of The Railway Children, a food fayre, street entertainment, cider and beer festivals, music workshops, exhibitions, live bands, dance, classical performances, art trail, opera, story-telling, poetry, open air readings, craft workshops, comedy and walks.

Robin Richter, chairman of Rugby First, which helped organise the festival, said: “I am absolutely delighted with how it has gone – even the weather could not spoil what was a fantastic programme of events.”

There’s still a buzz in the town though as Godiva Awakes Rugby comes to town on Monday July 30.

A six-metre high Godiva puppet will pay a visit when she sets off on her epic journey to London.

Imagineer Productions’ ‘21st century Godiva’ will be pedal-powered to the capital using a city-built frame called a Cyclopedia, pulled by 100 cyclists, for an Olympic-themed spectacle. The creation was built partly in Rugby.

A Victorian-style event of music, dance and entertainment takes place at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on the day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

It includes art workshops, performers, drummers, bouncy castle and face painting.

Between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at Rugby School there’s a chance to see Godiva raised high on her horse.

Tickets are free from (01788) 533777.