Organisers, sponsors and volunteers who made the first Ellesmere Port Arts Festival possible have been nominated for a Pioneer Your Champions team award.

The groundbreaking festival, a huge success, ran from March 5 until April 27.

It was spread across four venues in the town centre – Trinity Church, West Cheshire College, the University Church of England Academy and the Paperboat Gallery.

In addition there were a host of fringe events at the National Waterways Museum, The Port Arcades, Fab Lab, the Montague Cafe, Whitby Park, the council’s Civic Way offices, Ellesmere Port Library, Circle Cabs and at Ellesmere Port, Overpool and Little Sutton railway stations.

It was hoped as many local people as possible would be involved in the project.

The celebration featured the internationally recognised Methodist modern art collection, a unique collection of Christian art by renowned artists.

Fifty-five paintings were on public display as part of the six-week festival intended to showcase a range of arts in Ellesmere Port from music events and community arts activities to theatre productions and poetry.

The Rev Christine Jones, recently retired minister at Trinity Methodist Church, said at the time: “This festival offers the people of Ellesmere Port the chance to welcome visitors to our town, to work with one another and share conversations.

“Whether you know about art or not, are a person of faith or not, the contribution of local people has the potential to strengthen our community through this unique creative opportunity.”

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