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Mitcheldean is looking forward to another great festival

Where: Mitcheldean, Forest of Dean

When: BBC broadcast - Monday, March 9; Festival - Friday to Sunday, July 17-19

Mitcheldean Festival looks set to be another fabulous event this summer with huge interest already from those looking to take part.

This will be the seventh year of a combined fete, poetry, storytelling, music, dance, food and drink festival, the only one of its kind in the Forest of Dean.

A spokesman said: "We have had 76 applications for a performance spot at our concerts on Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18, which is a great indication of the health of our annual event, with many thanks to everyone who has got in touch.

"The Friday night was particularly popular last year. We look forward to ten acts of eclectic, fabulously acoustic, candlelit and relaxing music!"

Details of the whole weekend's line-up will appear shortly, also for an advance concert in the Jolter Press on Friday, June 19.

Speaking of Jolter, at 7.30pm on Monday, March 9, the BBC will be broadcasting an Inside Out West programme about the performance at last year's Mitcheldean Festival of "Footing The Bill", a farce in Forest dialect by Harry Beddington.

It was Harry who popularised the Forest "Jolter" character, so performing in the Jolter Press was particularly appropriate, and a packed audience thoroughly enjoyed it.

Another Harry Beddington play is being planned for the early evening of Sunday, July 19.

See the Mitcheldean Festival website for more details of the whole festival, including the Young Poets & Storyteller competitions and the new 'Climate Crisis Special', as well as opportunities to take a stall at the Saturday fete.

The Mitcheldean Festival is organised by a small group of volunteers, working with Mitcheldean Parish Council, the Parish Church, Mitcheldean Folk Club, Forest Gate Church, the WI and other local organisations including the Bespoke Brewery, the White Horse pub and the Jolter Press.

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