Actor supports annual festival

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Robert Lindsay, star of the popular BBC sitcom My Family, has joined a list of well-known personalities in pledging his support to this year’s DH Lawrence festival.

Born just a stones throw from Lawrence’s hometown, Ilkeston-born Mr Lindsay says he has ‘always had a strong connection’ to the writer.

Speaking about his new role as festival patron, he said: “I’ve always felt closely linked to Lawrence, not only because my home was only four miles from his but he also taught in my secondary school, Gladstone Boys.

“His most memorable work came from his roots and there I feel we have much in common. I am proud of where I come from and I’m proud to be a patron of this year’s festival. Long may it continue like his works,” Mr Lindsay added.

Now in its ninth year the annual DH Lawrence Festival each September attracts thousands of visitors for a fortnight long celebration of the life and work of the writer.

Mr Lindsay lends his support alongside Nottinghamshire-born screenwriter Billy Ivory, long-standing BBC Radio Nottingham presenter John Holmes, MP for Ashfield Gloria De Piero and Professor Christopher Miles, the director and producer of two DH Lawrence’s film adaptations.