D-Day 70 Wemsfest events hailed a huge success

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MORE than 4,000 people enjoyed the D-Day events organised across Emsworth and Westbourne.

Arts organisation WemsFest put on commemorations which included creative writing workshops, exhibitions, memorabilia displays and projections of wartime images on St Peters Square.

It was funded by a £100,000 National Lottery grant.

The highlight of the entire event was the specially-commissioned play, Tomorrow Will Be Too Late.

It was staged in the North Street car park over three weekends.

Each night there was big band music and swing dancing before the show and tickets were free.

Mark Ringwood, director of WemsFest, said: ‘ We were absolutely delighted with the reception to all the D-Day events we programmed.’

‘All the performances were filled to capacity – so that’s 1,200 people.

‘The exhibition Blast from the Past is still running.

‘Many of the businesses in Emsworth were brilliantly supportive by dressing their windows with blast-tape, and staff dressing in period costume.

‘We were so pleased. We had a fantastic team who really worked tremendously hard to pull all the events together.

‘Public reaction has been overwhelmingly complimentary not just about the quality of the events but the fact that Emsworth actually did something which inched way beyond it’s weight.’