Impromptu ABBA and glorious sunshine as Festival of Chichester launches

Five weeks of fun began with the launch of the Festival of Chichester 2024 on the Cathedral green yesterday morning, Saturday 15 June.

The sun burst through threatening skies for a glorious hour of entertainment to mark the start of more than 100 events in around and across the city.

Saturday’s launch saw Chichester Festival Youth Theatre in action and also a couple of sets from Chichester’s very own vintage entertainer Dawn Gracie who encouraged an impromptu ABBA revival featuring Chichester District Council chairman Clare Apel, Chichester City Councillor Rhys Chant and Chichester deputy mayor Councillor Stuart Loxton (see video). Earlier deputy mayor Stuart and Chichester-based best-selling novelist Kate Mosse declared the festival open.

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