Poet Pam Ayres and former Chester MP Gyles Brandreth were just two of the performers who helped make the fifth Malpas Arts and Literature Festival a huge success.
Organisers said this year’s three-day event, held last weekend, was described by attendees as having ‘the best variety of acts’ since it began in 2011, and hundreds turned out for the occasion.
On the bill this year was a Literary Lunch, featuring appearances by author Nigel Daly and Jessica Fellowes, niece of Downton Abbey creator Julian, who spoke about her book ‘A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey’.
Elsewhere, Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter enthralled audiences with his stories of being on duty with the Queen, while the Malpas Writers Group attracted a good crowd at Oakdens wine bar.
There was music from London band Police Dog Hogan amongst others, and other events such as The Peter Wheeler Short Story Competition, the village play ‘Malpas Tales at a Canter’, as well as a performance from The Vale of Clwyd Singers.
Co-organiser and etiquette expert Diana Mather also entertained crowds by sharing her tips, while enjoying tea supplied by The Old School Tea Shop.
She said: “This year was a great success with some wonderful acts. For example, Pam Ayres and Gyles Brandreth were exceptional and kept the audience laughing throughout their shows
“We would also like to thank Cheshire West and Chester Council and Redrow Homes for their generous support,” she added.