Harrogate Festivals flies flag at top awards

From left - CEO of Harrogate International Festivals Sharon Canavar and chairman of Harrogate International Festivals, Fiona Movley. (Picture by Fenris Oswin)
From left - CEO of Harrogate International Festivals Sharon Canavar and chairman of Harrogate International Festivals, Fiona Movley. (Picture by Fenris Oswin)
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By Graham Chalmers

Harrogate International Festivals are flying the flag for Harrogate tonight amid the glitter of an awards ceremony at Leeds’ First Direct Arena.

Harrogate International Festivals is a finalist in the White Rose Awards for the Yorkshire Arts and Culture award while its Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is nominated for the Tourism Event title.

The Festivals chief executive Sharon Canavar said: “We are proud of our festivals and honoured to be recognised for two titles in the White Rose Awards in the lead up to the momentous year when we are celebrating our 50 years.

“We are also continuing our Future 50 fundraising appeal to help secure our work for the next 50 years and beyond.”

Organised by Welcome to Yorkshire, the White Rose Awards honour the best tourism businesses in the county covering 16 categories.

Also nominated is Harrogate Christmas Market in the Tourism Event of the Year Award.

Organised by tourism authority Welcome to Yorkshire, the ceremony on Monday, November 9 will also feature the unveiling of the new anthem Yorkshire written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth.