Honiton Festival of Imagination organiser dies

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:07 02 November 2017

Dr Sue Waring had a vision of combining science and arts in an event which would appeal to adults and children alike. Picture: Terry Ife

Dr Sue Waring had a vision of combining science and arts in an event which would appeal to adults and children alike. Picture: Terry Ife

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Sue Waring, who was the driving force behind the town's Festival of Imagination, which is held around Easter time, died in September.

The Honiton Beehive. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 2243-34-14AWThe Honiton Beehive. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 2243-34-14AW

The organiser of a popular Honiton-based festival has died.

Dr Sue Waring, who was the driving force behind the town’s Festival of Imagination, which is held around Easter time, died in September.

Her sudden passing led many to question the future of the festival.

A statement from the Festival of Imagination’s steering group said: “The Honiton Festival of Imagination started life in 2015 and was the brainchild of Dr Sue Waring, whose recent passing has been a shock to all those involved in the venture for the past four years.

“She had a vision of combining science and arts in an event which would appeal to adults and children alike in order to explore a particular topic through talks and hands-on experiences.

“Without doubt it has been a huge success for many reasons.

“The part played by The Beehive, Honiton and staff was important in having a venue able to hold such an event and bring in local schools and the general public to share the knowledge which was made available.

“Nevertheless, without Sue nothing at all would have been achieved. Her modesty would not have allowed her to believe that, but it is certainly true. With a very limited budget, her energy, enthusiasm, downright doggedness and, it must be said, a disarming smile persuaded many able professionals and educators to give up their precious time for free.

“She believed passionately in what she had created and expansion was never very far from her mind.”

The annual event, which will be in its fourth year in 2018, is a popular event with the community and visitors to town.

Held at The Beehive, the festival is held as part of the nationwide celebration of National Science Week and is given a different theme each year.

Initial preparations for next year’s event were ongoing, meaning no dates have yet been confirmed.

The statement added: “The event for 2018 – with ‘Colour’ as the theme – was in the process of being put together when Sue died, and clearly the question has been asked whether it will go ahead.

“The committee met last week and its members are pleased to announce that the immediate future is secure and organisation will recommence shortly.

“Whilst Sue will be regarded as irreplaceable, the festival should very much continue in her memory. She will be sorely missed and, hopefully, never forgotten.”

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