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Legend Betty Craig honoured for Belfast Festival work

The Belfast Festival may have had its fair share of legends on the line-up over the years, but when it comes to those behind the scenes there are few more established than Betty Craig.

As deputy to iconic festival director Michael Barnes through some of the festival's golden years in the 1970s and 80s, Betty was instrumental in bringing big names like Billy Connolly, Victoria Wood and the Royal Shakespeare Company to the city at a time when few artists ventured here.

Betty, who retired from running the festival in 1986, was guest of honour at last night's closing concert, where she was presented with the Belfast Telegraph Spirit of Festival Award in recognition of her contribution to the event, which marked its 51st programme this year.

Belfast Telegraph Managing Editor Paul Connolly said: "Betty Craig's name has become synonymous with the success of the festival over the many memorable years when she helped turn it from a relatively small regional event into one of the UK and Ireland's biggest arts festivals. The Belfast Telegraph is proud to recognise this achievement and Betty's contribution to the festival through this very special award."

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