And that's the problem Mr. Harris sir.
The Folk Week this year looks likely to be well-supported by people who come more to participate than watch but the people who come to watch will be far fewer in numbers because the big arena shows and international artists they enjoyed watching are no longer involved.
Sidmouth may well become little more than an annual gathering of singers, musicians and dancers. Nothing wrong with such a gathering but there are many similar gatherings.
Without the arena and the international aspect there is nothing to make Sidmouth stand out from the crowd.