FIVE more events, including the winner of Strictly Come Dancing and a spectacular concert, have been confirmed for this year’s Fringe by the Sea festival.

Comedian, actor and writer Dylan Moran, along with musicians Sister Sledge, Groove Armada and Travis, have already been confirmed for the popular North Berwick event.

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Now, further events, including a talk given by wildlife photographer and television presenter Hamza Yassin, have been confirmed for the festival, which runs from August 4 to 13.

The 33-year-old won popular BBC TV programme Strictly Come Dancing alongside Jowita Przystal and will discuss a wide range of topics, from overcoming adversity with dyslexia to his career, as well as discussing his ballroom dancing triumph.

Closing the festival will be the International Film Orchestra performing The Spectacular Music of Harry Potter.

The concert will feature the music from all eight of the Harry Potter films, written by composers John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat.

Also heading to East Lothian is stand-up paddleboarder Cal Major, who became the first person to travel the length of the UK, a distance of 1,000 miles, from Land’s End to John O’Groats, on her paddleboard.

She is also the first woman to solo circumnavigate the Isle of Skye, with the expeditions used to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the ocean.

Mark Beaumont confirmed

Another person who knows about feats of fortitude is Mark Beaumont, who holds the record for cycling round the world, completing his 18,000-mile route in September 2017, having taken less than 79 days.

His adventures have taken him to more than 100 countries over the past 20 years, making him one of the most respected ultra-endurance athletes on the planet.

His book, Endurance: How to Cycle Further, aims to inspire, empower and equip people to realise their riding dreams one pedal stroke at a time.

Comedian Jo Caulfield brings her first book to the festival – The Funny Thing About Death, a laugh-out-loud memoir charting the lives of two unconventional girls raised in the 1970s who did not fit in to the Air Force bases where they were raised or the convent school they attended.

Jo regularly headlines the UK’s top comedy clubs and is rated as one of the best stand-ups in the country.

She has written for Graham Norton and Ruby Wax and appeared on numerous television shows, including Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week.

Already on sale for this year’s festival are tickets to see Peat & Diesel, Elkie Brooks, Patrick Grant, Geno Washington, Susie McCabe, Singing Kettle, Robin Knox Johnson, Philip Contini, Esther Swift, William Dalrymple, Dick & Dom and Corto:Alto.

Rory Steel, festival director, said: “As ever, Fringe by the Sea likes to bring the most varied programme possible to North Berwick.

“Where else could you see the winner of Strictly 2022, two top endurance sports people, a comedian with her debut novel and a full orchestra playing the music from the Harry Potter films?

“I know that there are a lot of Strictly fans in East Lothian so we expect to see sequins at Hamza’s event and no doubt some wands at the orchestra concert.”

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