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A FESTIVAL dedicated to one of the country’s greatest comic writers has been hailed a huge success.

The organisers of Emsworth’s first PG Wodehouse Festival created it to celebrate the achievements of the town’s literary son, who lived in the area one and off from 1903 to 1914.

The man behind the festival, Mark Ringwood, said: ‘We knew people had a special affection for PG Wodehouse but we were unsure as to how far this extended.

‘The fact that people travelled from as far afield as Dorset and London vindicated our desire to stage the festival and this has been very encouraging.

‘Added to this is the audience appreciation for the work of the home-grown theatre company Rogues and Vagabonds, and the enthusiasm from young children to participate in the Pig Tails Competition.

‘Theatre director Julian Sluggett hard work and dedication gives us all great confidence to look forward to staging the festival on a regular basis.’