Emily Maitlis to open Bedford Park Festival

Glamorous presenter kicks off two weeks of events

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BBC London star Emily Maitlis will be opening Chiswick’s biggest community event, the Bedford Park Festival, at 11am next Saturday June 11th. The glamorous news presenter lives locally and will also be judging the Children’s Fancy Dress contest, which this year celebrates the work of Roald Dahl.

The 39th Festival starts next weekend (June 11th and 12th) with the two-day Green Days Fete and Craft Fair, opposite Turnham Green tube station, and the week-long Bedford Park Summer Exhibition in St Michael & All Angels Church.

Dozens of local artists, professional and amateur, have submitted works for this year’s Exhibition, and they go on sale at the preview party at 6.30pm on Friday June 10th. A third of the price of each picture will go to this year’s Festival charities: the Brain Tumour Research Campaign in Ealing; the Upper Room project for the disadvantaged in Shepherd's Bush; and the £200,000 fund to repair and repaint St Michael & All Angels church. The exhibition is sponsored by The Green.

The traditional Green Days fete - described as "a two-day party on the Green" - will have its usual array of stalls, fairground attractions, food and live music.On Saturday, there’ll be performances from The Institute, a four-piece rock ensemble, based at the local Guitar Institute; 51 North, a jazz and easy listening band; and a young local band, Switchgear. On Sunday, there’ll be Off-Beat Brass; Chiswick’s Arts Ed Samba Band; and the BJO, a big-sound modern jazz band based in Brentford, sponsored by WestSide. The five-a-side football tournament, sponsored by Bushells, will take place on both days.

The event is supported by lots of local firms, including Fletcher Estates (beer tent); Andrew Nunn and Associates (coconut shy and skittles); Andreas Georghiou (strawberries and cream); Happy Times nursery (children's corner); Howard Russell solicitors (champagne lottery) and Whisk (international food).

The popular Pop Idol talent contest starts at 1.30pm on the Sunday, sponsored by SweatyBetty. Under-18s will sing, dance and perform, judged by teachers from the Arts Educational School and the Guitar Institute. Once again it will be hosted by local actor and singer Ian Pirie, from Les Miserables. Entry forms can be found in St Michael’s church and its Parish Office (020 8994 1380).

June 3, 2005