A little over £14,000 was raised at the Rotary Spring Fair in 2018 and the organisers, from the three Rotary Clubs in Rugby, are starting to distribute donations to local charities and youth groups who performed at the Fair.

One of the first to receive a donation was the Rugby Area Talent Trust (RATT) who organised 6 hours of live music, on the Arena Stage and in the RATT Space next to the Beer Tent, provided by 20 aspiring artistes who the Trust is helping to develop.

David Head, Founder and Trustee of RATT, said “we had a great time at the Fair and this donation will enable us to run a workshop for our young performers, covering such things as stagecraft, audience interaction, working with technicians, working with other artists, presentation techniques and so on. Duncan Arrow, our Musical Director has also drafted written guidance on these skills. This will really serve to improve performances further as well as enhance confidence, communication skills and character in young people.”

Laurence Wilbraham, lead project manager for this year’s Rotary Spring Fair, said “Thanks to sponsorship from ASDA and Hinckley & Rugby Building Society we were able to underwrite the costs of staging the excellent RATT performances and it was great to recognise their support when we presented the cheque to RATT. We expect that approximately 25 local organisations will benefit from the proceeds of the Fair over the coming months and I am sure they will join me in thanking all those who supported the Fair and came along to enjoy a fabulous day.”

Photo:- Rotarian Laurence Wilbraham presents a cheque to RATT Trustee Carl Watts who was accompanied by Duncan Arrow, RATT performers and representatives of ASDA Rugby, Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, as well as members from each of the three Rotary Clubs in Rugby.