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Wigan Firms Fanfare For Jazz Festival
Friday 28th May, 2010

TWO Wigan companies are hoping the town’s International Jazz Festival will sound an upbeat note for business.

Meter reading and data capture company, Lowri Beck and Walmsley Commercial Insurance Brokers believe that a thriving local community is crucial to creating a flourishing local economy and have both announced their sponsorship support of this year’s 25th Wigan International Jazz Festival.

Lowri Beck Managing Director, Bob Vernon, said: “Confidence is key to a strong recovery following the recession. A confident town goes hand-in-hand with a prosperous local industry.
“By investing in local arts and culture we would hope that in some small way we can help lift the town economically and put a smile back on local people’s faces.”

The Wigan International Jazz Festival will celebrate its silver anniversary this July with what is billed as the biggest line-up in its history.

Headliners include Big Chris Barber Band, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Gordon Campbell Big Band and Stan Tracey Big Band. From Jamaica comes one of the top jazz pianists in the world - Monty Alexander with his trio. Other top performers include Bobby Shew, Gerald Clayton Trio, gospel jazz vocal group Take 6 and the internationally acclaimed Curtis Stigers.

Festival Director Ian Darrington said: “This is yet another fantastic line-up for Wigan.
“We could not have attracted such names and put on such an exciting festival this year – or over the past quarter of a century - without the support of local business and loyal supporters.

“It is the sponsorship from business that has enabled Wigan International Jazz Festival to become one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the UK, if not Europe.“

Chairman of Walmsleys, Martin Bellamy, said: “We agreed to sponsor this year’s jazz festival because it was the perfect vehicle to build connections to the local community and local market place.

“It is an outlay in a difficult market but one that offers much in return. Businesses have a responsibility to support their local community. If you want local people to know about you, trust you and do business with you then you have put something back in. You only get out what you put in.”

The Wigan International Jazz Festival takes place 10 – 17 July. Full festival programmes and tickets are available from Wigan Tourist Information Centre on 01942 825 677. Visit www.wiganjazz.net for further information

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