The Light Returns


12:00-12:15 Sunlight Stage
Saturday 18 June
with The John Ward Band

An original commission by First Light Festival, ‘The Light Returns’ was created by John during the 2020 pandemic lockdown and celebrates First Light’s themes of day and night, the sea and the elements, and the history and future of Lowestoft.

We’ll kick off this year’s Festival with a rousing rendition of  The Light Returns on the main Sunlight Stage, but we need you to learn the song and join in! You can download the lyrics and hear the song below:

Click here to Hear and Download the The Light Returns (mp3)

Click here to download The Light Returns Lyrics


As well as you (the audience!), we’ll be joined by special guests to help sing out loud. Directed by Tom Appleton and Ellie Bowers from the Come and Sing Company, the song will be performed by The John Ward band (John Ward, Lynn Ward, Les Woodley, Jim O’Toole and Ian Sainsbury), with invited musicians including Nigel Flack, Joanne Knight, Richard Barrett (The Coronation Kings),Ruth Alder and Helen Hudson, Kosmos Ensemble, children from St Mary’s R.C Primary School, Pakefield Primary School, Somerleyton Primary School and Pakefield High School as well as young musicians from the Wired Sounds project and Pakefield Singers, directed by Vetta Wise.


Click here for the full Sunlight Stage line up


Access – What to Expect

Performances on the Sunlight Stage are viewable from the beach, trackway and Jubilee parade. Please note this is public access and not a managed viewing area. Seating is not provided.

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