Stevenage alive and kicking at 70 – A weekend of wonderful celebrations shines a light on town’s landmark anniversary

Dancers lighting up the Gordon Craig stage on Saturday night . Picture Chris Ludwick

Dancers lighting up the Gordon Craig stage on Saturday night . Picture Chris Ludwick - Credit: Archant

The weekend was alive with delicious dancing, colourful costumes, blooming bouquets and scintillating song as Stevenage’s 70th anniversary celebrations really got under way.

Friday evening saw dazzling dancers light up the stage at the Gordon Craig Theatre with the Warriorz Academy of Performing Arts, the Britton School of Performing Arts and the North Central Herts School of Dance putting on a high octane show. With styles ranging from traditional Irish to street dance there was something for almost every taste.

On Saturday there was a vivacious parade of stunning African fabrics on the catwalk with the JT Afrique group hosting a fashion show and a performance by 2015 X Factor finalists Reggie N Bollie, as well as a packed programme of other DJs and dancers.

Also on Saturday there was the equally stunning Last Night of the Proms event featuring the North Herts Youth Orchestra and the Senior Wind Band, who belted out an evening of popular favourites from the classical canon.

And if that wasn’t enough, the parish church of St Andrew & St George was filled with the scents of hundreds of flowers for the whole weekend with some beautiful floral displays crafted by the South Stevenage Flower Club and the Stevenage Floral Art Society depicting the key features of Stevenage new town.

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