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Saturday 23th July 2011

Central Park, Westhoughton


Afternoon Session: Family Entertainment

Free all afternoon to all ages

As well as being a platform for some of the top up-and-coming bands in the area, Howfenfest has evolved to offer an event that offers the best in entertainment and variety from local performers; some establish acts, others starting out. With its mix of song, dance and fun, organisers are pleased to put on a show that has something for everyone, where people can be entertained, elsewhere you can check out the community stalls getting to know some of the groups or take a ride on the funfair,


Hard to believe that even after 36 years in the business, The Houghton Weavers are still ‘keeping folk smiling’ with their unique style, charm and timeless music. TV stars back in the 70s & 80s, and still going strong after 30 albums, with an album of brand new material in the offing, and lead singer, Tony Berry, having just penned a book - ‘Keep Folk Smiling (When I Was A Lad) - they seem to be busier than ever, even looking forward to a first summer season in Blackpool supporting The Grumbleweeds.

Tony, David and Steve are always willing to support a local cause, and appearing at this year’s Howfenfest gives a chance for fans - old and new - to spend a little bit of time in their wonderful company.


Leah is a popular singer and entertainer around Westhoughton and beyond; a great voice and personality to match. Whether it’s disco, lush ballads, modern pop or show tunes, she always hits the right note. Leah has a regular slot on Saturday mornings (10-12) at community radio station Bolton FM (96.5).


Shelley is a talented singer and keyboard player, came to our attention at a ‘Westhoughton Has Talent’ show. Endowed with a deep, rich voice, Shelley will be performing songs from contemporary artists including Adele and Bruno Mars.


Liverpool born Chris Buckley has been dabbling in music for many years, as a singer, songwriter and music mentor. His goal this year was to put some of his music out there, recording and making videos for YouTube, where he is slowly finding a worldwide audience. Chris will be bringing you a few of his own compositions, specially recorded for Howfenfest.


One to watch, Alex came through the ranks of Westhoughton High School, and is much in demand at community events. A talented musician, she has grown as a performer and intends to go on to do Performing Arts at college. Mad about Lady Gaga, accompanied by a guitarist, she will be giving us her own take on recent chart hits.


Jess wowed the crowds last year at Howfenfest with her artistic and dexterous display of this increasingly popular dance craze and way to keep fit.


Always a high point of the afternoon session, with great costumes, and some dazzling and extremely well-choreographed routines, the Wendy Heywood Dancers are back for more!


Some people have voices that lend themselves to rock, Frankie, who until recently did the circuit as a Bon Jovi tribute, has such a voice. We are sure you’ll be tapping those feet when Frankie hits the stage.


What’s not to like? Another gem from around the Westhoughton pub scene and now emerging as a performer in his own right. Craig combines that rare talent of not only being able to sing but also being engaging and very entertaining on stage. Expect some surprises…


As part of our desire to involve and encourage talent from within the community, we call upon the local high school to put forward some of their talented students. We are delighted to have them take part and show Westhoughton what they can do and how participating in school performing arts can lead to other things.