Nick Fogg rouses the crowd in the Castle & Ball at the opening of the 30th Marlborough International Jazz FestivalThe 30th Marlborough International Jazz Festival was declared open by Wiltshire's Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Sarah Troughton yesterday evening (15 July) at the Castle & Ball.
The grey leaden skies and threat of drizzle didn’t take any of the sparkle or excitement away and the assembled throng were entertained by the St John’s Jazz Band and Ma Polaine, all energetically steered by organiser Nick Fogg.
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