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Festive fun set to launch Maidenhead's new amphitheatre

Festive fun will take place at the town’s new amphitheatre on Saturday afternoon.

The ‘vibrant’ community space, next to Maidenhead Library, was unveiled by the deputy mayor on Monday.

The amphitheatre, which was built as part of the Chapel Arches development by Shanly Homes, will be looked after and run by the Royal Borough.

Stewart Kirk, managing director of Shanly Homes Thames Valley, said: “This marks an exciting milestone for Chapel Arches.

“The amphitheatre is a unique space that will play an important part in the look and feel of the rejuvenated waterways.

“We are pleased to deliver this to the town in time for the Christmas celebrations, giving the people of Maidenhead a new venue to come together and spread the festive cheer.”  

At the opening of the amphitheatre, the deputy mayor, Cllr John Lenton (Con, Horton and Wraysbury) said: “It’s a marvellous concept and in the spirit of the regeneration.”

Cllr David Evans (Con, Hurley and Walthams) and cabinet member for regeneration, said it would be a ‘vibrant’ new spot in Maidenhead.

On Saturday afternoon, there will be performances from Bruce Airhead, comedian-musician Sid Bowfin, Juggling Inferno and Stagecoach Maidenhead.

The free festive events will run from 2-5pm.

Steph James, Maidenhead town manager said: “We are thrilled to announce this year’s performers who are set to provide an afternoon of entertainment and laughter, getting everyone in the Christmas spirit.

“The amphitheatre is a wonderful space for the local community and we look forward to planning and hosting future events that will attract visitors far and wide.”

Last Saturday, volunteers from Maidenhead Thames Rotary Club, Maidenhead Waterways and Friends of Maidenhead teamed up to plant 5,000 purple crocus flowers between the amphitheatre and the library, symbolising the Rotary's campaign to end polio disease.

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