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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Workington is ready to party for Paint the Town Red

Workington is gearing up for one of the biggest festivals in its history next weekend.

Paint the Town Red, on Saturday May 19, will see more than 100 events take place across the town centre, Vulcan Park and Curwen Park.

It will raise funds for Hospice At Home West Cumbria to help the organisation celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The event has been organised by a small volunteer committee, who said it promised to be a great day out for all the family.

Helen Irving, committee chairwoman, said: “Our advice to people attending would be to come early and stay all day – there’s so much to see and do during Paint the Town Red.

“Most activities are free or £1 and we urge everyone who attends to give whatever they can afford to help the hospice continue for another 25 years.”

There’ll be live music from local and regional bands, stunt driver Russ Swift in Vulcan Park, cookery demonstrations, birds of prey displays and a photo exhibition of old Workington.

The day will also include food stalls, local breweries, information stalls and businesses from across Cumbria selling everything from jewellery to fruit and vegetables.

Workington Library is taking part too – from 10am to 11.30am staff from Maryport’s Lake District Coast Aquarium will be there with some of their rock pool creatures for children, and from 12noon to 1pm, there will be a beer tasting event with Linda Johnston, of the Prince of Wales pub.

Workington Flower Club is holding a flower arranging evening next Friday as part of the festival, with national demonstrator Bill Dixon, at the Trades Hall, from 7pm.

The Times & Star’s Red Raw Talent Show will showcase local acts on stage at Curwen Park all day.

Dozens of local groups, organisations and schools will be taking part in different activities across the town.

Students at Lakes College have been creating window displays in the town, using copies of the Times & Star to make dresses, and many local shops have entered a window display competition.

People can also win great prizes in the Big Red Raffle, including Tesco vouchers, visits to M-Sport’s world rally headquarters at Dovenby Hall and holiday vouchers.

Helen added: “We urge people to buy a programme for £1 – which has timetables and maps – beforehand so they can plan their day.”

There are also limited tickets left for an intimate show by Strictly Come Dancing stars Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova at St Joseph’s School in the morning, and tickets for an east meets west cooking demonstration at the Emmanuel Church by Mawbray’s Annette Gibbons and Patricia Vytialingam, of Malaysia.

Organisers will be in Workington town centre tomorrow from 10am, with tickets for both events and the £1 programmes for sale.

l Volunteers are still needed to help Paint the Town Red run smoothly. If anyone can help, call 07824905890 for more information.

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