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Friday 15th September was party night at Brunel’s
Passenger Shed at Temple Meads! The Brunel Banquet was a re-creation of
the Royal Banquet of 1843 that launched the ss Great Britain. The party
was graced with the presence of Queen Victoria and Mr Brunel, as well
as performances by Bristol Brass and Emerald Ensemble.
Temple Meads Mural
If you are travelling from Temple Meads station, take
a moment to stroll to platform 1 to see the 10 metre long mural created
by local artists. Artist Steve Joyce (creator of the John Cabot statue
outside Arnolfini) worked with artists from Art and Power to make their
ideas about and inspiration from Brunel into an enormous mural of etched
aluminium, that will hang in Temple Meads for years to come.
photo shows artist Steve Joyce, co-ordinator Jade West, Art and Power
director Dave Richmond and artists from Art and Power standing in front
of their artwork.
Students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, headed
by foremost actor-manager of his time, Mr Walter Coborn and most ably
assisted by Miss Jenny Dalton and the Flying Rossillo Twins, presented
the true story of a hero born in a time of heroes. Written and directed
by Toby Hulse, the play was originally performed in over forty schools
across the region and re-staged in the Hayward Saloon at the ss Great
photo shows the cast with director Toby Hulse, meeting Mr Brunel aboard
his famous ship.
Swindon Brunel Festival
The celebrations in Swindon culminated over the weekend
of 15 - 17 September, with performances of 'Swindon - the opera - The
Little Man in the Tall Hat'. With a packed programme of activity in July
(street parties, festivals in the park, workshops, busking, performances,
urban art and fireworks) and a finale weekend with opera, an English Heritage
engineering symposium, the Swindon Railway Festival and Swindon Choral
Society's new commission, it was difficult to keep the Brunels away!
Photo by David White shows a meeting of the great men in Faringdon Park,