I do not think there has ever been such a time where the arts are needed as much as they are right now and in return, a time when the arts need us as much as they now do! 

After the depressing lockdowns of Covid-19, it is brilliant to finally be able to get back out to concerts, festivals and live venues again.

For me personally, it has been such a release to get out performing once again and to be able to express myself through my music.

The arts have really suffered throughout the pandemic due to entertainment not being a priority on anyone’s list with job losses, illness and sadly, bereavements unfortunately being our main concerns.

Now that we are able to go out again, I encourage you to let the arts back into your lives again.

The richness and fulfilment of being swept up in art is a tremendous feeling and is great for your mental wellbeing, especially after what we've all been through this last year and a half.

I encourage you, if you are in a position to do so, to get out to a theatre and watch a show, go to a live music event, an art gallery or museum. All these places have deeply missed you and are welcoming you back with open arms.

They rely on our custom just as much as we rely on them to move and inspire us. 

Sadly, many venues have been lost during the pandemic and I really hope that we do not lose any more of them.

What a sad, lonely world this would be without the arts.

If you are able to support an artist or a venue by buying a ticket or attending an event then please do so and let's keep Trafford flowing with all its amazing artistic expression.

There will be a Battle of Britain Memorial Service at the War Memorial, Sale Town Hall on Sunday 19th September between 10.30am and 11.30am to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the Battle of

Britain and to honour all the brave servicemen and women who took part in that battle. 

The event will be attended by the Mayor of Trafford, Cllr Laurence Walsh, and other civic dignitaries from across the borough.

At 11am there will be a two minute's silence as we remember all those who took part in the battle during the summer and autumn of 1940, during World War 2. 

I think it's very important that we remember all those who gave their lives for our freedom today and that we never ever forget the sacrifices made by those brave servicemen and women.

When we remember them they live again in our thoughts and in our hearts. Lest We Forget.

See you next week!