The first ever Ellesmere Port Arts Festival has now begun with an opening event at Trinity Methodist Church.

The event, which was attended by 200 people, saw the Fireflies, the Great Sutton Male Voice Choir, and children from local schools perform the “Anthem for the Port” directed by Georgina West, lyrics by Janys Chambers, and music composed and played by Matt Baker.

The main event of the festival, which runs until 27 April, will see the internationally renowned Methodist Collection of Modern Art exhibited at four venues in the town centre: Trinity, West Cheshire College, University Church of England Academy, and the Paperboat Gallery.

Councillor Mike Jones, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council: “I am very excited that we now have a developing arts and culture agenda in Ellesmere Port.

“This supports and compliments the work the council is doing on regeneration, working with the private sector in creating substantial number of jobs and investments in our schools and roads. This comprehensive approach is helping to create vibrancy in the town. I do hope the Arts Festival is a real success.”

For more information please pick up an arts festival booklet form different venues in town, visit, or email