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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Science museum joins festival fun

LONDON’S prestigious National Science Museum will be transported to the harbourside for this year’s Whitehaven Diamond Jubilee Festival.

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WHERE THERE’S GUNK THERE’S FUN: One of the the National Science Museum’s displays

Children and adults will be able to enjoy getting messy trying out different experiments involving everything from slime to bubbles.

And as well as that there will be lots of ‘science busking’ going on around the harbourside with fun science for the crowds to join in.

The Science Museum – which will be set up on the Bulwark Quay – is being brought thanks to funding from the Samuel Lindow Foundation (an independent educational charity) based at Westlakes Science Park.

Thousands of festival-goers are expected to watch and take part in everything from bubble experiments to cornflour slime and the giant egg trick.

In conjunction, representatives of the National Nuclear Laboratory at Sellafield – one of the sponsors of the festival – will be doing some fun science for families on the harbourside. People can join in the demonstrations which will include how to put a skewer through a balloon.

They will also be encouraging people to go and have a look at the sights and sounds of the science museum.

Dominic Rhodes, the NNL’s corporate social responsibility manager (which includes working with schools), said: “It promises to be fun for all ages whether you are five or 85! There will be plenty of hands-on stuff involving plenty of dirt and noise.”

THE Royal Navy will be in Whitehaven for the first day of the festival (June 1) to give a presentation to local employers in conjunction with the Lord Lieutenant’s office.

And in addition to the briefing, festival chief organiser Gerard Richardson and Cumbria’s deputy Lord Lieutenant Graeme Smith will speak to employers about the benefits of employing ex-Forces men and women.

Any company wishing to attend should contact Mr Richardson by e-mail in the next few days – gerard@ richardsonsoffice.net

The presentation takes place in the festival’s corporate marquee at 11 am.

IT’S just over two weeks until this year’s festival and there is still time to get your tickets and wristbands.

And don’t forget to bake your jubilee cake to be judged by the celebrity chefs on the harbourside on Saturday afternoon.

All those entering should take their cake along to the chefs’ theatre tent at the end of the Sugar Tongue anytime in the morning and then return by 2.15pm in time for judging at 2.30pm. Taste and appearance will both be taken into account.

Tickets for the festival concerts – Katherine Jenkins, Best of the Seventies and The Charlatans/The Enemy – are available from Richardsons, telephone 01946 65334 or go to the festival website www.thewhitehavenfestival.co.uk

Tickets for the Charlatans/Enemy and Best of the Seventies are also available from The Whitehaven News and Times and Star offices. Threads, on King Street, is also selling Charlatans/Enemy tickets.

Wristbands are on sale which allow access to the Sugar Tongue where you will find celebrity chefs (Jean Christophe Novelli and Ainsley Harriott); celebrity appearances (Coronation Street star Michelle Collins and Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke); Titan the Robot, tall ships and various stalls.

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