Ben wins cup as festival finishes

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THE 90th Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts showcased its many outstanding talents with a concert on Sunday.

Performers aged between seven and 70 wowed the audience with acts including solo and group dancing, singing and spoken word pieces from Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds and across the region.

Janet Penfold, who helps organise the festival, said: “The concert has been running for 20 years and is held to highlight the acts from the dance, music and speech sections of the festival.

“It is a very friendly, happy festival – none of the performers look nervous, even though they might be.”

Following 20 performances, the Free Press Anniversary Cup was presented to nine-year-old Ben Moss, from Belchamp Otten, for being the most promising under-13 performer in the festival.

Ben, who had written and performed a story called Tights based on his ballet lessons, said: “I am really pleased to have won the award.”

Lorna Hewett, from Great Cornard, was recognised for her 40-year involvement in the festival as she was presented with a certificate by chairman Joan Garden.

The Bernard Johnson Award, which includes £300 towards education costs, was given to 17-year-old dancer Gabrielle Cocca, who has won a scholarship to the Lane School of Dance in Epsom.

She will receive her award at the festival’s annual meeting at Pot Kiln Primary School on June 12. The meeting runs from 6.30pm and all are welcome.

PROMISING: Ben Moss receives the Free Press Anniversary Cup from reporter Elliot Pinkham.