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May 30th, 2018

Baroness Benjamin Beams Brightly

The radiant smile for which Baroness Benjamin is known lights up our Big Top. If you are one of our younger viewers grown older you might know her as Floella. Follow us through the rectangular doorway...
It’s Wednesday and half term activities for children in the form of the Mac Playgroup in the Big Top, Art Under the Arches in Church, and Bounder and Cad in the Gluck Studio.  The highlight of the day is undoubtedly the sell out visit of Robert Webb tonight.   


But I want to concentrate for a moment on tomorrow.  Floella Benjamin came to England from Trinidad as a child in 1960 – part of the Windrush Generation.  Her beaming smile brought a new kind of light to our television screens as a lively and likeable children’s presenter.   


But all children’s presenters move on.  In Floella’s case you can find her now in the House of Lords.  She was made a Baroness in 2010 and is a passionate advocate of the rights and needs of children.  In advance of her appearance in the Big Top tomorrow we asked her to give us a taster.   


‘I am thrilled to be appearing at the Steyning Festival, especially in this special year which celebrates the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush to Britain, as I am part of that Windrush Generation. My book, Coming to England, depicts my journey from the Caribbean to England in 1960 and tells my story in an emotional, funny and heart-breaking way, with a sense of hope and optimism. I wrote it to illustrate that you must always believe in yourself, never give up and that you can face adversity, as long as you are armed with love; and to keep smiling, because winners smile!’  Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE DL    


You can see Baroness Floella Benjamin on Thursday 31st May in the Big Top.    


You can read the full programme here https://www.steyningfestival.co.uk/whats-on

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Comments (1)

Crissy Smith - May 31st, 2018 10:25am
I am so chuffed to be part of the Steyning Festival and the fantastic band of Cafe Caterers are a delight to be with servubg teas, coffees and delicious cakes throughout each day of the Festival between 10.00 & 5.00pm. How blessed we are to be involved with such an amazing town and I am really looking forward to the Adversity talk with Floella tonight in the Big Top.
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