Could you help steward music fest?

Stewards are needed for the prestigious 53rd Eastbourne Music and Arts Festival next year.

The festival, which takes place annually at the town’s Winter Garden, has offered a wide variety of dance, music, speech and drama classes to a very high standard before professional adjudicators with national and international qualifications.

Some of the best music and theatrical talent competes on stage – and then the winners take part in a concert which is open to the public.

John Crawshaw, chairman of the festival, said, “In February 2013 we will be holding our 53rd festival and we will as usual, depend to an enormous extent on our voluntary band of helpers to run and steward these events safely and for the enjoyment and experience of over 5,000 competitors and before a variety of audiences.

“As always we will welcome newcomers who might like to join us. There are a variety of jobs before and during the festival period and our friendly team always seem to enjoy these activities.

“Tasks include secretarial help, writing performance certificates and reports, assisting the adjudicators, organising the trophies and general stewarding of the halls.

“This year we saw well-known festival director Spencer Freeman retire and we are working hard on a reorganisation programme to fill the gap he leaves.”

Mr Crawshaw is asking for people with time to spare during the festival period, February 11-23, to offer their services as stewards.

“No previous experience is necessary and we assure them an enjoyable time,” he added.

“I ask anyone who is interested to contact us the help of everyone is vital to our success.

“Please write to us at the above address, or e-mail

or telephone us on 01323 722108.”