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World champion dancer to perform

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:41 05 July 2010

KIRKLEY welcomes a world champion next weekend as the church of Kirkley St Peter and St John celebrates their two day Patronal Festival at Petertide.

KIRKLEY welcomes a world champion next weekend as the church of Kirkley St Peter and St John celebrates their two day Patronal Festival at Petertide.

The church has marked the festival with continuous music and displays for the past 25 years and this year it is set to be even bigger and better than before as churchwarden Richard Charlton organises the large event for possibly the last time.

To mark his final festival of this size, Mr Charlton decided to invite his two nieces to headline the event. Cecily Charlton, aged 21, is the current world champion in Irish Dance, and alongside her will be her sister Charlotte, aged 19, who is ranked number eight in the world.

Together they will be performing in a special one-off Irish Jig, together with Penny and Stuart Mack, Raevennan and other Irish acts, next Saturday from 7.30pm.

This year's theme for the festival is Emerald Green and, together with the Irish Jig, the Irish and ecological connections are being picked up by local businesses and organisations as well as arts and crafts from local schools. Among those contributing to the festival will be Adnams, SLP, Barchester Healthcare, ORBIS Energy, CEFAS, Jeld-Wen and Oulton Park Care Centre.

Other events during the weekend will include a lunch from noon - 2pm on Saturday, June 28, followed by afternoon music from Legacy, The Jays, Cantors, Zoe Minton, Terry Hepworth, Alison Lincoln, The Silhouettes and Ken Dalton

On the Sunday there will be a Sung Eucharist at 10.30am from guest speaker Canon Roger Smith, while the afternoon will feature The Coastlinnets, Bob McNeil-Watson, Brenda Fullelove and the Blythe String Quartet.

The festival will then be brought to a close with the traditional choral evensong at 4.30pm.

Tickets for the Irish Jig, which are available at Morlings and on the door, are £7 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for children. All other events are free, with any donations going to the church restoration fund.

Programmes will be available shortly and for more information telephone 01502 573975.

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