Tenth festival breaks record

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A record number of visitors flocked to Eastwood last month for the tenth annual DH Lawrence Festival.

More than 7,500 people took part in the two-week celebration - a 66 per cent increase on last year.

Over 70 events took place in and around Lawrence’s hometown of Eastwood, with help from over 50 local voluntary groups, schools and businesses.

This year’s festival focussed on, and celebrated, the 100th anniversary of one of Lawrence’s most famous novels, Sons and Lovers.

Festival highlights included a film screening of the classic Oscar winning film adaptation of Sons and Lovers at Eastwood Comprehensive School.

Over 400 people from Eastwood and Brinsley were used as extras in the film and a number of them came together during the festival this year to share their experiences, including one who travelled from Australia.

Cllr Ian Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at Broxtowe Borough Council, said: “The success of this year’s festival is a credit to the DH Lawrence Heritage team and all those within the community who volunteer their time, knowledge and expertise to make the festival a celebration that DH Lawrence would be truly proud of.”

The annual festival is supported each year by a number of well-known faces including actors Robert Lindsay and Lynda Baron, Ashfield and Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero and Nottinghamshire Screen writer William Ivory.

Plans are already underway for the 2014 programme which will celebrate the significance World War One played in Lawrence’s life as a writer.