Luton St Patrick’s Festival 2018 once again delivered an exciting mix of live music, dancing and a comedy drama. Organised mainly by Luton Irish Forum volunteers and staff volunteering their time, it ran from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March.
Friday featured two hilarious live performances of the acclaimed comedy drama, A Wake in The West, by Cliffoney Dramatic Society in the Library Theatre. This proved to be one of the most popular productions Luton Irish Forum has ever hosted. Typical is this comment from the sold-out evening performance ‘It was a wonderful show – hope they come back next year.’
Saturday provided a choice of excellent live music and dance at Luton Irish Forum for the St Patrick’s Day Celebration. The Devine Family played traditional Irish music, Eugene Doonan sang Irish country, The Wilsons Show performed a mix of rock and party hits, and the Finbarr Conway Academy of Irish Dancing showcased talented local dancers. The day ended with a spectacular set of traditional music and dancing from the Galway Trad Group.
Due to extreme weather conditions, the Sunday programme was changed at short notice. Unfortunately, the annual parade was cancelled but the main outdoor stage acts were successfully accommodated in the Hat Factory. The volunteers, staging company BT Events, Luton Culture and the wider community responded with overwhelming support and rallied round to keep the show on the road. Local DJ and Diverse FM presenter Jim Carway was MC for the day, with headline acts including the renowned Tommy Fleming, the multi-talented Rigs and Jeels, and one of Luton St Patrick’s Festival favourites, The BibleCode Sundays. In The Mall, it was business as usual, and the line-up included top class performances from The Wilsons Show, Crosskeys, Ramridge Primary School Choir, Galway Trad Group, and several local Irish dancing schools.
One of the performers said ‘Now that has been one hell of a weekend! The Irish Forum team did a superb job of organising and reorganising an outstanding few days. Great entertainment all weekend!’
Festival attendee commented ‘Great St Patrick’s day celebrations in Luton. Pubs packed, queuing outside, Guinness running out! Great for Local businesses and great for Luton people! Well done all!
Mick Maguire, Chair of Luton St Patrick’s Festival Committee said A massive thank you to our acts, market traders, sponsors and all our supporters. Without you, St Patrick’s Festival would not be still going strong after 19 years!’
You can find more information about Luton St Patrick’s Festival and the services, activities and other events at Luton Irish Forum at www.lutonirishforum.org or https://www.facebook.com/LutonIrish/ or by telephoning 01582 720 447.