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1 .Good morning. Stretton Festival box office.
2 .How can I help you?
1 .Oh, hello. My family and I are on holiday in the area, and we've seen some posters about the festival this week.
2 .Could you tell me about some of the events, please?
1 .Of course.
1 .First of all, are there still tickets available for the jazz band on Saturday?
1 .There are, but only £15.
2 .The £12 seats have all been sold.
1 .OK. And the venue is the school, isn't it?
1 .Yes, that's right, the secondary school.
2 .Make sure you don't go to the primary school by mistake!
3 .And there's an additional performer who isn't mentioned on the posters - Carolyn Hart is going to play with the band.
1 .Oh, I think I've heard her on the radio.
2 .Doesn't she play the oboe, or flute or something?
1 .Yes, the flute.
2 .She usually plays with symphony orchestras, and apparently this is her first time with a jazz band.
1 .Well, I'd certainly like to hear her.
2 .Then the next thing I want to ask about is the duck races - I saw a poster beside a river.
3 .What are they, exactly?
1 .Well, you buy a yellow plastic duck - or as many as you like - they're a pound each.
2 .And you write your name on each one.
3 .There'll be several races, depending on the number of ducks taking part.
4 .And John Stevens, a champion swimmer who lives locally, is going to start the races.
5 .All the ducks will be launched into the river at the back of the cinema,
6 .then they'll float along the river for 500 metres, as far as the railway bridge.
1 .And are there any prizes?
1 .Yes, the first duck in each race to arrive at the finishing line wins its owner free tickets for the concert on the last night of the festival.
1 .You said you can buy a duck?
2 .I'm sure my children will both want one.
1 .They're on sale at a stall in the market.
2 .You can't miss it - it's got an enormous sign showing a couple of ducks.
1 .OK. I'll go there this afternoon.
2 .I remember walking past there yesterday.
3 .Now could you tell me something about the flower show, please?
1 .Well, admission is free, and the show is being held in Bythwaite Hall.
1 .Sorry, how do you spell that?
1 .B-Y-T-H-W-A-I-T-E. Bythwaite.
1 .Is it easy to find?
2 .I'm not very familiar with the town yet.
1 .Oh, you won't have any problem.
2 .It's right in the centre of Stretton.
3 .lt's the only old building in the town, so it's easy to recognise.
1 .I know it. I presume it's open all day.
1 .Yes, but if you'd like to see the prizes being awarded for the best flowers, you'll need to be there at 5 o'clock.
2 .The prizes are being given by a famous actor, Kevin Shapless.
3 .He lives nearby and gets involved in a lot of community events.
1 .Gosh, I've seen him on TV.
2 .I'll definitely go to the prize-giving.
1 .I've seen a list of plays that are being performed this week,
2 .and I'd like to know which are suitable for my children,
3 .and which ones my husband and I might go to.
1 .How old are your children?
1 .Five and seven.
2 .What about 'The Mystery of Muldoon'?
1 .That's aimed at five to ten-year-olds.
1 .So if I take my children, I can expect them to enjoy it more than I do?
1 .I think so. If you'd like something for yourself and your husband, and leave your children with a babysitter,
2 .you might like to see 'Fire and Flood' - it's about events that really happened in Stretton two hundred years ago,
3 .and children might find it rather frightening.
1 .Oh, thanks for the warning.
2 .And finally, what about 'Silly Sailor'?
1 .That's a comedy,
2 .and it's for young and old.
3 .In fact, it won an award in the Stretton Drama Festival a couple of months ago.
1 .OK. Well, goodbye, and thanks for all the information.
2 .I'm looking forward to the festival!