Punch and Judy festival in Morecambe

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A PUNCH and Judy festival is coming to town to mark the 350th birthday of Mr Punch himself.

Puppeteers will perform at the Midland Hotel, the Arndale Centre, the West End Gardens, the Festival Market and Happy Mount Park over the weekend of July 7 and 8.

Punch and Judy performers will also be visiting schools in the week prior to the event to teach kids about the history of the warring pair.

After each show each child will have the chance to create a birthday card for Mr Punch to enter into a competition set up by Morecambe Town Council.

The winning school will receive a voucher worth £400 for a trip to the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster to see this year’s Christmas production of Treasure Island.

On Saturday, July 7 the giant exhibition of birthday cards will be on show at the Arndale Centre in Morecambe and the prize will be presented to the winners.

For full timings of Punch and Judy performances see next week’s Visitor (03-07-12).