On reading John Houghton’s letter regarding the lack of attendance at Worthing Music and Arts Festival, I have to say that as a writer for the Surrey Dance Festival for the last 26 years, having therefore heard of the Worthing festival, I was looking forward to attending performances.
To my amazement, after we moved to Worthing, I found that the festival was not advertised nor were the venues, times of performance, or anything relating to the festival to be found.
Occasionally a photo would appear in the local press of young dancers holding their trophies, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they were usually as a result of a tip off from the dancers’ schools.
So I can only imagine that the only people who do attend are the competitors’ friends and relations who are ‘in the know’.
Helen Doswell, Humber Avenue, Durrington
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