Get­ting cre­ative

Lancashire Life - - ARTS & EVENTS -

An an­nual arts fes­ti­val is set to turn Lon­gridge into one huge stu­dio

be de­cided. Cre­ate Lon­gridge Chair Si­mon Smith noted: ‘Cre­ate Lon­gridge is about so much more than just paint­ing. We en­vis­age the fringe pro­gramme will grow ev­ery year, en­com­pass­ing an in­creas­ing va­ri­ety of cre­ative pursuits. It al­lows those who may not feel so con­fi­dent with their paint­ing abil­ity to get in­volved, have fun and be cre­ative in other ways. The chil­dren’s classes have been a huge success ev­ery year and give the town’s schoolchil­dren an­other out­let to show their cre­ativ­ity. We hope there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.’

‘Ev­ery­one re­ally en­joyed the day last year,’ said Alis­tair Sheret of Lon­gridge Gallery. ‘Cre­ate Lon­gridge brings not only highly tal­ented and cre­ative peo­ple to the town, it at­tracts hun­dreds of res­i­dents and vis­i­tors. Those res­i­dents and vis­i­tors in turn sup­port our lo­cal busi­nesses, the very rea­son Cre­ate Lon­gridge was con­ceived. The en­thu­si­asm for the event from lo­cal busi­nesses is sig­nif­i­cant. All our prizes have al­ready at­tracted spon­sors.’

Ray­mond James In­vest­ment Ser­vices based on Berry Lane, Lon­gridge are spon­sors of the first prize for the sec­ond year. ‘With our busi­ness be­ing based in the heart of Lon­gridge we are hon­oured to again be spon­sor­ing such an amaz­ing event, which fuses to­gether the com­mu­nity, cul­ture and the pic­turesque town of Lon­gridge all in a sin­gle event,’ said Wayne Hay­hurst, founder and Branch Prin­ci­pal of the busi­ness.

Kier Liv­ing are sec­ond prize spon­sors. ‘We are com­mit­ted to build­ing com­mu­ni­ties not just homes,’ said Car­olyn Walsh, Sales and Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor for Kier Liv­ing North­ern. ‘Cre­ate Lon­gridge is an event that builds com­mu­nity pride and we are de­lighted to be as­so­ci­ated with that.’ Lo­cal com­pany Touch­line Fab­ri­ca­tions is third prize spon­sor, build­ing on its tremen­dous sup­port of com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives across a range of sec­tors.

‘Cre­ate Lon­gridge would not be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of spon­sors, the town’s res­i­dents and vis­i­tors. If any­one would like to be­come a spon­sor and be as­so­ci­ated with the event, please get in touch. Sim­i­larly, if any­one has skills they feel would help the event we would love to hear from them,’ said John Swift of the Cre­ate team and owner of Swifts Hard­ware. So who will fol­low in the win­ning foot­steps of

Adam Ral­ston? Full reg­is­tra­tion de­tails can be found at cre­ate­lon­gridge.co.uk.

For more in­for­ma­tion go on­line to cre­ate­lon­gridge.co.uk.

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