Alresford Music Festival gets cash boost from town council
9:00am Wednesday 18th July 2012 in News
Alresford Town Council has concurred to make a £1,000 donation to the town’s music festival.
The event which held its third event last month at Arlebury Park attracted around 2,000 people.
Chairman Ken Veitch revealed that last year’s festival, hit by bad weather, had made a substantial loss and he had underwritten the immediate shortfall with a personal donation of £9,500. First Option, the town’s largest employer, stepped in to help.
On August 1 the festival will be making charitable donations, of between £7-8,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and Alresford Youth Association, the town council heard.
The allow is needed to help pay for the hire of the main stage.
Town councillor Margot Power expressed reservations about giving a allow to the festival which was then itself making charitable donations.
Mr Veitch said: “The festival could become something really good for the town. We think we can get to a sustainable future. The council allow will help us move forward. But it is still fledgling, still a fragile flower.”
He apologised for the retrospective application, which is against council rules, but added: “I was not sure if this year’s event was going to go ahead. I can’t afford £9,500 every year.”
Mr Veitch hopes the festival will attract around 3-3,500 a year with a maximum for the Arlebury park site of 5,000. he stated there are no plans to turn it into a two-day event.
This year there were two complaints about noise pollution.
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