Festival’s Bear necessity

The 13th Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival was a huge success last year – and organisers hope this year’s event is going to be even better thanks to a new addition to its team: the former licensee of Bridgnorth’s Bear pub.

Kevin Adams who runs the event says, “We had an absolute blast this year; so many amazing performers, poets, our outdoor film screenings. Huge thanks to everyone involved; performers, our local business sponsors, venues and volunteers, and of course to everyone who came along to support us. It was fantastic to have Emma from Bridgnorth Library and Poetry on Loan involved; poetry came back to the festival in a big way this year and long may it continue.”

The High Street Stage is where it all began in 2006 for the Bridgnorth Festival, but for 2019 things looked a little precarious. Stage organiser Jen Bone had to step aside to concentrate on her new business and none of the small group of volunteers were able to take on any new roles. However, music enthusiast and former licensee of the Bear Adrian Hubbard has stepped in and put a team together to organise this year’s High Street Stage. Kevin explains, “Jen will still be running Quayside and poetry events – and there are still vacancies for more volunteers, so if you’d like to get involved, please get in touch via bridgnorthfestival.org.uk or on Facebook or Twitter.”

Pictured: The Rainbreakers rocking the High Street stage last year

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