Euphoria greeted Linsell Exton Towers residence last Tuesday evening when England made it through to the quarter finals of the World Cup. As my reader knows, Heather and I are football fans.
“But you won’t be able to watch the quarter,” said Heather.
“And why not?”
“Because you’re going to Carlisle.”
To Carlisle indeed. England managed perfectly well (astoundingly) without my bawling constructive advice, and my Facebook friends were spared my passionate rendition of the national anthem, performed prior to every England game and posted to Facebook by my other half. I made up for it by learning the Belgian national anthem in English and I performed it on Friday evening. It seems to have brought them some luck.
Anyway, I had a lovely day attending the British & International Federation of Festivals Northern Region Championships, held at Austin Friars School, Etterby Scar in Carlisle. Ryton and District Festival were proudly represented by Michael Gardner, who swept up awards last March, William Brown, who treated us to Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, and Old Man River, and also Oscar yuan Xi Ho, a classical guitarist who won our 2018 bursary. Oscar collected another award today – but all of our Ryton representatives shone, and it was a pleasure to support them.
Mention must be made of the beautiful venue. As I said earlier, we were at Austin Friars School, Etterby Scaur in Carlisle. It’s impressive. The music, speech and drama classes were held in the chapel, then immediately following lunch we enjoyed dance performances in the hall. Dance is a genre not currently on the Ryton menu so it made a welcome diversion. The grounds of the school are tranquil, especially on such a fine summer day, as you will be able to tell from my photographs. Here are some more.