Over sixty Years 4 and 5 pupils from Marlborough St Mary’s CE Primary School sang their hearts out on the steps of Marlborough Town Hall today, Thursday September 29, to mark the official opening of LitFest 2022.
Watched by many parents and shoppers the children sang ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ and ‘How Long will I Love You’, made popular by Ellie Goulding. The two songs were chosen to honour the Queen’s reign. “And they are songs of hope,” Year 4 teachers, Georgia Derbyshire and Naomi Bathurst, told Marlborough.news. “The children have been rehearsing for three months and have loved participating.”
Genevieve Clarke, Chair of Marlborough LitFest, said, “We’re so grateful to Marlborough St Mary’s for giving us such a lively start to the festival. Tickets are selling well but there are still tickets available for some events, please call 0333 666 3366, buy online or pop into the festival bookshop, The White Horse Bookshop.”
Later today, at 4pm in the Town Hall, sixth-formers from St John’s Academy will be debating love and jealousy in literature in front of a public audience. Tomorrow, Catherine Johnson author of the historical novels, ‘Freedom’, and ‘Race to the Frozen North’ will be speaking to Years 5 and 6 pupils in the Marlborough area while Jacqueline Wilson will be speaking in the Memorial Hall at Marlborough College at 6pm. For the full programme click here.