Picnic in the sun marks the start of the Edmonton Lamb Festival

By Clare Casey in Local People

SCORES of people turned out on Saturday for a community picnic in the churchyard of All Saints in Edmonton.

It was the start of an annual week long arts festival to mark the lives and legacies of Charles and Mary Lamb. And to mark the anniversary of the death of MP Jo Cox.

People shared food, played games and enjoyed the blazing sunshine in Church Street.

The Lamb festival is held each year to celebrate the famous siblings who are buried in the churchyard in Edmonton.

During their lifetimes, Charles and Mary were a central part of a literary circle which included Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, and William Hazlitt.

They were the authors of essays, poems and plays.

Their most enduring literary legacy was their ’Tales from Shakespeare’, prose versions of some of Shakespeare’s plays written especially for children.

Last year hundreds of people visited All Saints, in Church Street, for a week of poetry, music, theatre and a wide range of other events.

The closing celebration is on Friday at 7pm with prize-giving and music from Tottenham Community Choir.

To find out about the free events taking place throughout the week go to:www.facebook.com/lambfestival

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