150 years of Leeds town’s theatre

FESTIVAL FUN: Youngsters took part in a lantern parade during last years Tales Told festival in Guiseley.
FESTIVAL FUN: Youngsters took part in a lantern parade during last years Tales Told festival in Guiseley.
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One of the region’s biggest art festivals gets under way in Guiseley this Friday, with a special celebration to honour the town’s historic theatre.

The Tales Told festival runs over nine days and is a feast of entertainment for young and old alike, including musical performances, guided walks and talks.

Kicking off proceedings at 6pm on Friday, July 7 will be an exhibition celebrating the theatre’s 150th birthday.

Local choirs will be performing a recital of Handel’s Messiah, which was performed at the theatre’s grand opening back on December 26, 1867.

The likes of Guiseley Amateur Operatic Society will then perform a series of songs from the musical Legally Blonde 
before the evening concludes with a performance by the Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra.

A Heritage Lottery 
Fund (HLF) grant has contributed to this year’s festival 
allowing organisers to increase the amount of activities on offer.

Events will run until Saturday, July 15.

Community arts group Codswallop are organising the festival with the help of dozens of volunteers.

Jacob Phillips, artistic director of the group, said: “I’m really proud of this year’s programme and I can guarantee there is something for everyone.

“We have secured funding from the HLF which has really helped us be able to celebrate so much of what this area has to offer.

“I can’t wait to literally bring the history to life.”

The full itinerary of events is available to view at bit.ly/2tHe9IO.

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