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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Maryport Blues Festival will go ahead next year

Maryport Blues Festival will go ahead next year, despite mounting costs, organisers have pledged.

Maryport Festivals Limited, which organises the event, has closed its Senhouse Street office and moved to rooms in the town hall and its only paid member of staff, Julie Thorburn, has left.

But the committee is determined to hold a blues festival in 2012.

Debra Park, spokeswoman, said: “We want to keep the festival but will look at whether it might be just one day – although that would not have the same economic benefit to the town.

“We want to keep the trail as that is important. But, again, we can only do that if all the pubs and clubs come on board.”

She added that the committee would work hard to raise money but warned that without sponsorship and backing, the future of the festival would be in doubt.

She said: “It costs £200,000 to £250,000 to run a major blues festival with top-name artists. That’s why we had to go with people who were not household names this year.”

The 2012 blues festival dates also coincide with the opening weekend of the London Olympic Games.

Mrs Park added: “We are not sure what effect that will have. We can’t change our date because there are other festivals all around us.”

She said Mrs Thorburn had been the backbone of the festival for eight years and that it would be hard work without her.

A group was set up earlier this year in response to the committee’s decision not to have a stage on Senhouse Street due to cost and health and safety issues. The group, the Solway Trust, pledged to raise money for events in the town such as the blues.

The festival committee has already organised a fund-raising event tomorrow, when Pass the Capo – Mike Dodd and Neil Foskett, formerly of Sour Mash – will play at the Captain Nelson pub, from 8.30pm.

Have your say

Hey Smith. If you want a blues type festival in Workington organise your own.
By the way l thought the comets were a speedway outfit. When l was at school l was told they raced on a track.

Posted by monty on 13 October 2011 at 21:13

And as has already been said RWB IT ISN'T FUNDED BY THE COUNCIL!

Posted by Mark on 12 October 2011 at 12:17

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