Jane joins the festival

PUBLISHED: 18:04 07 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:25 24 May 2010

Jane Gilchrist.

Jane Gilchrist.

OPERA star Jane Gilchrist will kick off the celebrations at this year's Clevedon Lions Festival. Jane, who was catapulted into the national limelight after winning Operatunity, will open the festival on June 17. Clevedon Lions Club spokesman John Newell s

OPERA star Jane Gilchrist will kick off the celebrations at this year's Clevedon Lions Festival.Jane, who was catapulted into the national limelight after winning Operatunity, will open the festival on June 17.Clevedon Lions Club spokesman John Newell said: "Jane will be a wonderful complement to our day."The festival will centre on a day of family entertainment at the Princes Hall from 2pm-6pm.This year the lions club has teamed up with Clevedon Community Association to hold the event which will help raise money towards the refurbishment of the building.Money from the day will also go to Lions' charities, including Andrew House.A wide range of events is planned for the day, from music to cheerleading.Clevedon Lions Club spokesman John Newell said: "An extensive number of events are in the pipeline for the public's entertainment."The wide-ranging number of groups, clubs and societies which use the community centre and Princes Hall will be putting on demonstrations and exhibitions, manning stalls and organising a variety of exhibitions."This includes the Bob Reynolds New Society Jazz Band, The Davies School of Dance cheerleading group the Clevedon Cougars, a giant slide, a jousting tournament, a mini roundabout and young children's sports activities."Anyone who wants to get involved in the festival day should contact Clevedon Community Centre on 01275 873405, Lion John Newell on 01275 875588, Lions Paul and Brenda Martin on 01275 855177 or Gray Bloxham on 01275 874997.

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