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Last updated at 11:31, Thursday, 14 March 2013
THE X-Factor will be returning to this year’s Whitehaven Festival when music mogul Louis Walsh comes back to town.
The star has kept in contact with festival organiser Gerard Richardson since he first came in 2011, and always said he wanted to return.
Well, now he is – on Saturday, June 22 – and he’ll be enjoying a wander around the harbourside again, chatting, signing autographs and posing for pictures.
“Other than Dynamo, Louis is probably the single most popular celebrity we have ever brought to the festival,” said Gerard. “When you get someone that famous who comes for the first time, is instantly taken with the place and the people – staying far longer than he needed to – and then wants to return, I’m thrilled.”
In addition to the latest celebrity being signed up, this year’s event will host four tall ships and four Archer class squadron patrol craft in the harbour – the most there has ever been at once.
The tall ships will include The Pelican, a 45-metre sail training vessel from Weymouth, Dorset, which is coming to the festival for the first time, as is the Johanna Lucretia, built in 1945 in Ghent, Belguim. The other two have been before – the Bessie Ellen and Ruth. Also this year there will be a giant continental market – with Whitehaven Festival only one of four dates it is doing so far this year.
Plus there will be a small Italian market and the Made in Cumbria stalls, amounting to a total of 160 food stalls.
Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Sunday afternoon charity gig (June 23) with Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers.
It takes place in the harbourside arena and will raise money for armed forces and children’s charities. It promises to be a fun afternoon with Titan the Robot and street theatre also going into the arena. The event will also be planned to ensure that people don’t miss out on other activities such as the air shows.
First published at 11:23, Thursday, 14 March 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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He will have to bring his own bench if he wants to sit down, also he will need to bring a toilet since all of ours are being removed.
I bet his really looking forward to coming back to Whitehaven ....
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