Packed line-up for Haverhill’s annual Festival

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Barbara Dickson will be one of the headline acts at this year’s Haverhill Festival.

The singer-songwriter, who was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 14 years ago, will take to the stage at the Arts Centre on Friday, June 24 alongside pianist Nick Holland.

It is anticipated that the pair will work their way through Dickson’s back catalogue, which includes hits such as ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘January, February’.

The event, which is organised by the Town Council, gets underway on June 15 with a version of the William Shakespeare play Hamlet, featuring Paapa Essiedu.

A day later comedy hypnotist Matt Hale will perform his routine, for which volunteers must be aged over 18 to take part.

On Friday 17, the Thin Lizzy tribue act Limehouse Lizzy will be going through the Irish Rock band’s hits.

There will be lots of community-based activity on offer with the return of Haverhill History Group’s ever-popular historical walk during which participants can find out more about the town on June 21 at 7pm.

This year the focus is on St Mary’s Church and the Old Independent Church.

There is also the return of the nature walks at East Town Park and Millfields Way.

On the same evening, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) is going to be performed, starring Australian-American lyric soprano Danielle de Niese.

On Saturday, June 25 from 11am the town will celebrate, for the first time, Armed Forces Day.

It will be a chance for residents to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community - from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

The day, taking place on Haverhill Market Square, will include marching bands and parades, military vehicles, exhibitions and more.

Children are also well catered for throughout, particularly on Sunday, July 3 at 3pm when the ‘Once upon a time there were Four Little Rabbits’ show takes place at East Town Park.

The stories are based on Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit tales.

The Festival will draw to a close on the first weekend of next month, starting with comedians Andrew Maxwell and Larry Dean performing their pre-Edinburgh Fringe Festival sets on July 1.

On July 2, the Street Festival is set to feature a whole host of weird and wonderful acts, all free of charge.

On top of that, the Saturday and Sunday will see the Haverhill Market Beer and Music Festival hosted for a second time, containing over 20 different craft lagers and real ales with a local, national and international focus.

For more details and a full list of the acts on show, call 01440 714140 for a brochure or go to the downloads section of the Haverhill Town Council website.