Cracking start to Zero Degrees Festival

The Louth Zero Degrees Festival got off to a cracking start on Friday evening with 1,000 people egging on local youngsters as they took to the stage!

Party in the Pews at St James’s Church really went with a bang thanks to the talents of Brazilian drummer Claudio Kron who led 30 children from Lacey Gardens in concert, after two days of workshops at the junior school.

Earlier there had been bravura performances from the Boys’ Choir from Kidgate Primary School, the girls from St James’s Church choir Millie Salter, Jess Desforges, Lilly Garbutt, Kelsie Parsons, Simona Parsons, Cara Lee, Millie Bennett-Lang, Samantha Whitla, Tianna Oakes and Chloe Maltby, talented young local pianist Maisie Adlard, and singer Gabriel McCree.

There was also huge support for dancers from the Sally Bexon Dance School, Lisa Meanwell’s Elite Dance Academy and Studio 2000 run by Nikki Wright. The sheer energy of all their performances had their audience whooping in delight!

To add to the success of the evening, the event also raised over £500 for two local community groups.

Saturday night saw St James’s Church full once more for the marvellous 40th anniversary concert of Louth Male Voice Choir, who played host to their friends from the Albatross Choir from Holland. Their long association came about many years ago when David Bryant from Westgate enjoyed a glass of whisky with a Dutch choir member on a caravan site in Luxembourg ... and the rest is history! The programme was rich and varied, including the superb Dutch choir singing in perfect English and Russian and the Male Voice Choir performed a charming medley of favourites from round the world. Both choirs received rapturous applause from a most appreciative audience.

On Sunday the church was again an important festival venue when the Rev Nick Brown led a Festival Evensong. The choir was in good voice and the service was much enjoyed by an enthusiastic congregation. Sadly the weather was not kind enough for the promised Pimms on the Rectory Lawn but the west end of the Parish Church provided a warm and cosy alternative venue around the font!

The Festival continues until July 14 with an interesting programme offering something for everyone. Look out for brochures around the town or check the Festival out on Facebook.