Queen’s Award for the Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Theater Festival

DELAYED due to the Covid pandemic, a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was presented on Sunday to the team behind the annual Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Theater Festival (IWMDDF).

Fittingly, the presentation took place on stage at the Shanklin Theater on the first day of the 2022 event.

The volunteers received the prestigious honor in 2020, but due to Covid restrictions they were unable to have an official presentation.

Administrator Chris Hartley said: “We were very honored that the Queen’s representative on the island, Lord Lieutenant Susie Sheldon, attended the morning session of our Pop and Rock day at the Shanklin Theater to hand us the magnificent crystal prize.

Gioia Minghella, President of the IWMDDF. Photo by Paul Blackley.

“He was received by Gioia Minghella, our president, Chris Booth, our president, and Ellen Weeks, our vice-president.

“This is the highest honor a group of volunteers can receive in the UK and we feel privileged and delighted that the efforts of our committees and other volunteers over many years have been recognised.”

The 92nd IWMDDF will include three weeks of music, dance, spoken word and acting classes.

There has been a festival, except during the war years, every year since 1924 – and even Covid couldn’t stop it being held, albeit virtually.

Isle of Wight County Press: Lord Lieutenant Susie Sheldon presenting the IWMDDF Queen's Award.  Photo by Paul Blackley.

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