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Bob & Gill Berry to retire as Chippenham directors

There has been a folk festival associated with Chippenham for nearly 48 years. Starting way back in 1972 in Lacock it has grown to a huge celebration of traditional folk arts, music and dance. The 48th festival, on 24-27th May, is already shaping up to be a good one.

Current organisers, Bob and Gill Berry, were asked to step in and help out in 1989. They jumped at the chance of being involved but had not realised that this was going to turn into a 30 year stint! However they did agree again in 1996 to hold onto the ropes when the previous director, Dick Stanger, retired. Now after all their years of involvement, they are on the verge of retiring from the job. The good news is that there are some great people ready and willing to step into their shoes to ensure the continuity of the festival for years to come.

Bob and Gill are officially ‘retiring’ at the festival in May, and hope it will be a bit of a celebration, one to which you are all invited!