Giggles galore at Bury Fringe Festival

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THE BURY Fringe Festival kicked off last week with an open mic night, giving brave volunteers the chance to grace the stage.

The festival is presenting a host of comedy, music and arts until May 14.

The fringe event, which began in 2006, centres around Benson Blake’s Bar and Grill, in St John’s Street, although other venues feature in the line up.

Upcoming highlights include comedians Amedeus Martin and Gerry Howell and mindreaders Alex McAteer and Doug Segal.

The festival will finish with Abi Roberts and her wedding themed comedy show.

Event organiser Claire Lowe said: “So far it has been going brilliantly, it is really good fun.

“There were 10 comedians at the open mic night from those who had never been on stage to those who had done eight or nine shows. The place was absolutely packed, you couldn’t squeeze anyone else in.

“I have had so many messages from the performers and audience members saying how much fun they have had.

“The nice thing is that as there is so much local talent around the area we are able to showcase that talent at the fringe.”