It was with great sadness that we received the news of the death of Caroline, Lady Brassey on August 27th. Illness prevented her attendance at this year’s Festival and she sent this message to the AGM in June.

It is with the greatest regret that I have to resign as your President. It has been such an honour to be so, after so many enjoyable years - I have loved every minute of it.”

Lady Brassey became our President in 1991, succeeding HRH Duchess of Gloucester. From the start, she showed great interest in our Festival, especially in the Junior competitions, encouraging the young competitors by donating a cash prize, initially for junior recorder classes, but latterly for a variety of other classes.

She regularly attended the competition days and the Final Concert, where, in the earlier years, she presented all of the prizes. In 2015, she received her 25 years Long Service Award from the Federation of Festivals, so becoming Oundle’s longest serving President. Last year, she took part in the celebration of our 100th Festival.

She never ceased to voice her appreciation of the voluntary work done by all of the Festival helpers. We will never forget her gracious manner and her enthusiasm.

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