Volunteers are being sought for next month’s Marsden Jazz Festival and it’s still not too late for people to get involved.
The festival’s volunteers’ meeting takes place on Wednesday September 16 when volunteers will be matched up with tasks for the weekend, ranging from stewarding a gig to marshalling road closures and manning the box office.
Almost 100 gigs are taking place between Friday October 9 and Sunday October 11 at 26 venues across Marsden.
Internationally-acclaimed saxophonist Jean Toussaint will lead the headliners during the weekend, which is being supported by Arts Council England and Kirklees Council and includes over 70 free events.
Most of the headline gigs will once again be taking place at the 19th century Mechanics Hall. Other venues include 13 pubs, clubs and bars, three outdoor stages, two cafes and a former cowshed.
Keely Taylor, a transport administrator from Linthwaite, volunteered as a marshal at the festival for the first time last year.
She said: “I saw an article in the Examiner and my boyfriend and I thought it would be fun to get involved. We’d just moved to Linthwaite so were getting to know the area. I’d barely heard of Marsden, let alone the jazz festival.
“I really enjoyed being involved. I was amazed that something the size of the jazz festival happened in such a small village. It was impressive to see everyone working together and I got to learn loads of new skills. Once you’ve done it once, you definitely want to come back.”
Around 70 volunteers are needed. To volunteer go to www.marsdenjazzfestival.com/weekend-volunteering or ring 01484 846969.