Ulverston is a festival town, attracting participants and visitors from around the world. It is also a working town, and is home to a surprising number of hi-tech companies. Ulverston is known for the Hoad Monument (a replica of the Eddystone Lighthouse), the mile-long canal, the Laurel & Hardy Museum (Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston), the indoor and outdoor markets, and the traditional pubs and tea-shops. Ulverston is twinned with the town of Albert in the Somme area of northern France.
TOWN COUNCIL MOVEMENTS
Ulverston Town Council members have voted to vacate the Town Hall in Queen Street, as part of an exercise to reduce overall running costs and promote greater use of the Coronation Hall. The Council proposes to operate its administrative functions from a new office that will be created in the Brogden Street building currently used as public toilets. The option to create a Council office space within the Coronation Hall building was rejected. In future, the Coronation Hall will be used for public meetings. In the meantime, Town Council operations will continue at the Town Hall until new accommodation arrangements are finalised. We look forward to finding out what the new building will be called; and if any of its original features will be retained.
This year the festival explores a wider range of music types than usual. Anthony Hewitt, the festival’s Artistic Director, says “my idea was to explore a theme of ‘crossover’ music which crosses back and forth between musical styles”. There are two concerts specifically aimed at families. The festival’s exciting climax will be Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, with Will Todd at the piano and Jess Gillam on saxophone, accompanying the Ulverston Festival Chorus. Visit the festival website for more information, or phone 0845 658 8982 (local call rate).
A fine festival of music, comedy, street theatre & art, in celebration of Ulverston town & the birth of its most famous son, Stan Laurel. This year’s headline act is Richard Herring.