More top names for Thornbury Arts Festival

October 27 2017
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BARONESS Shirley Williams and TV wildlife presenter Simon King are the latest big names to be included in the next Thornbury Arts Festival.

BARONESS Shirley Williams and TV wildlife presenter Simon King are the latest big names to be included in the next Thornbury Arts Festival.

Politician Shirley Williams, who was once tipped to be the UK's first woman prime minister, was one of the Gang of Four Labour MPs who quit to form the Social Democratic Party in the early 1980s, changing the political landscape.

She supported the establishment of the Liberal Democrats in 1987 and stood down as their leader in the House of Lords in September 2004 after three years of service.

Previously, when a member of the Labour party, she had served as a member of both the Wilson and Callaghan governments in the 1960s and 70s.

She recently retired from the House of Lords after 50 years in politics and was made a Companion of Honour in the last New Year’s Honours list.

Simon King’s fascination with wildlife began in his childhood home in Africa and he is now known to millions as a face of Springwatch and Big Cat Diary.

His illustrated talk at the festival next April will takes his audience on a journey of discovery, showing how everyone can talk to the animals in their own neighbourhood and get first class views of wildlife as a result.

There will also be a question and answer session within the show.

As previously announced, comedian Jeremy Hardy will launch the festival when he performs on the opening night on Friday, April 20.

Also booked to appear are the Birmingham Town Hall Gospel Choir, Paralympian Kate Grey and actor Rebecca Vaughan with her award-winning drama Jane Eyre.

There will also be music by the Remy Harris Trio and the baroque ensemble Passacaglia.

The festival will run over nine days to Saturday, April 28, with tickets going on sale once the full programme has been finalised