Raucously amusing opening for the opening for the Spring Arts festival

President of the Arts Council of Mansfield, Lee Huber (right), announced the first life membership of the council for founder, Liz Bannister (holding flowers), in appreciation of her continued involvement. Shell shocked Liz founded the Arts Council 20 years ago and has been an active member since then. Also shown are Melinda Grant (left) and Gil Belle.

THE Spring Arts opening is always a fun affair, and this year’s was especially amusing.

Guest speaker, Dr Will Twycross, used considerable innovation in dressing poorly for the occasion and delivering the opening ‘address’ as a dinky-di, coffee loving ocker.

Accompanied by Martin Jones and others called in from the floor, he covered all the coming events of Spring Arts and the High Country Festival in raucous song.

Also involved was The Mad Orchestra, which produced an appropriate musical accompaniment for each announcement, amid the cheering of the audience.

It is not clear if everyone present took in all the events on offer, but this was rectified by the cards handed out to all comers so that people could guide themselves around Spring Arts.

President of the Arts Council of Mansfield, Lee Huber, spoke on how heart-warming it was to be in a council that embraced the arts so well.

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