Time runs out to save village festival

A SEASIDE festival could fall from the north Northumberland events calendar for the second year running unless funding can be found.

Last year, Seahouses Festival, which began in 1999 and developed into a wide-ranging programme of events across the village, was cancelled as the organisers, Seahouses Development Trust, could not find the necessary funding.

At the time, the Trust hoped that the event would be back in 2012, but if a further £5,000 to £7,000 cannot be found by February, the festival may not go ahead.

Graeme Cooper, of the Seahouses Development Trust, said that the festival tends to cost around £10,000 for the stage, the musical acts and all the different activities.

The funding would need to be sorted by the end of February as the June event takes around four months to organise.

“There’s a lot more people chasing smaller pots of money for events like this,” he added.

Mr Cooper says that while the money is an issue, there is still a desire for the festival in Seahouses.

“It’s a good thing for lots of reasons,” he said. “Local people get to perform in public and we bring in some good-quality musicians from all over.

“We have kids’ events and good activities – it’s always popular.

“Also you need to have some sort of public event to have a focal point during the year.

“It would be a shame if there weren’t any events that you could point to if you were coming to Seahouses on holiday.

“Apart from the RNLI’s Lifeboat Day, there’s not much else.”