The Prescot Festival would like to thank Carole Arnold and wish her all the best on her retirement as Head Teacher of Evelyn Community Primary School in Prescot, after an impressive 40 years.
She has been unfailing in her commitment to the Prescot Festival since its inception in 2005. Our artistic director, Dr Robert Howard, writes:
“I was a pupil at Evelyn from 1981 to 1988, and later a school governor. In my childhood, the regular hymn-singing, excellent classroom music, free instrumental lessons via Knowsley Music Service and Carole’s invitation to Tim Hall to enlist choristers for Prescot Parish Church Choir all bore fruit that led directly to the creation of the Prescot Festival in 2005. (I must also mention how fondly many people still remember Carole’s 1988 production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in which I played Grandpa Joe!)
“Under Carole’s leadership Evelyn has participated annually in the festival, providing beautiful pupil artwork for display, competing in – and often winning – the Verse-speaking contest, and founding, organising and hosting the annual Young Instrumentalist of Prescot competition (pictured). We’ve also had the pleasure of welcoming the school and staff choirs for the Mayor of Prescot’s Charity Christmas Concert each year.
“A steadfast and passionate supporter of arts and music, she leaves an exceptional legacy at Evelyn, in Prescot and beyond of which we are all rightly proud.”