Wellington: Our Home Town
Wellingtonians were the stars of this year’s virtual Wellington 25th Anniversary Festival over the weekend of May 7th to 9th and you can catch it all again at your convenience on the Festival page of the WTC website.
Heather Reid was chosen to be our first ever Resident Poet (in memory of Stuart Taylor) and you can watch her perform her winning poem.
Verity Harris-Brown reads her winning short story, filmed by Ben Baily and judged by members from the Wrekin Writers group.
9 Bedtime Stories were read by local writers, artists and “characters” such as our Ale Taster and Town Crier produced by Liam McClelland and Ben Baily.
Our first ever Virtual Art Gallery with your paintings, photos, drawings, sculptures – all set to music and choreographed by Liam McClelland.
The Mural Trail talk, given by Marc Petty, gave us a insight into the 12 painted windows that invite you to peer into scenes from the town’s making past, painted by Paula Woof.
An in depth, talk by Neil Clarke was given, on the “Gateway to our Town” from the opening of Wellington station in 1849 to the present day.
In addition, the festival included real time Zoom events from Diane Saxon, a local author giving us a peek into her experiences as an author, Poems & Pints hosted by Steve Harrison and the Festival Book Club, hosted by John & Joy Clayton.
Last, but not least, the Peggy Harrison Schools Poetry Competition produced 9 prize winners from our local schools, organised by Helen Donaghue and Sue Crampton
Of course, we look forward to a real Festival in 2022 but for now, please catch up on any or all of the events (apart from the zooms) at your leisure – we’ve had over 1,000 views on most of the events so far.
For any queries or feedback regarding this year’s festival or for suggestions for next year, please email Paola.Armstrong@telford.gov.uk
With heartfelt thanks from the organisers
Cllr Julie Pierce
Cllr Anthony Lowe