Liz’s golden win

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Festival brooch winner Liz Ward receives her prize from Andy Stuart, Simon Milne and John Case.

Liz Ward from Tenterden is the lucky winner of the handmade solid gold brooch commissioned to celebrate the golden anniversary of Rye Arts Festival in 2021.

Liz was presented with her prize by jeweller Simon Milne who made the stunning piece, and the festival’s joint directors John Case and Andy Stuart.

Since this year marked the 50th anniversary of the festival, the trustees commissioned a special piece of jewellery, which would recreate the festival’s logo, a detail from a window in the Clare chapel in St Mary’s Church.

Jeweller Simon Milne presented the festival brooch to competition winner Liz Ward

Liz, who won the free to enter prize draw for this exquisite piece of jewellery, said; “I was thrilled to discover that I had won this gorgeous piece that has been beautifully hand-crafted by Simon Milne. My husband and I love coming to Rye for the annual Rye Arts Festival, and to win this historic commemoration is amazing. I will keep and treasure it and wear it to special occasions.”

John Case, joint festival director added: “Rye is home to so many incredibly talented artists, craftspeople and artisans, as well as musicians, actors and writers. The annual Rye Arts Festival showcases not just local talent, but artists from across the UK and from around the world. In 2021 we had performers from the USA, the Netherlands, Belgium, Malta, Germany, Russia and Israel, but we are delighted that the winner of the gold brooch will find a home just up the road from us in Tenterden with a lovely winner who clearly treasures her prize!”

The 51st Rye Arts Festival will take place in September 2022, with dates to be announced soon. Go to www.ryeartsfestival.org.uk to find out more.

Image Credits: Tom Milne , John Case .

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