The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #69569   Message #1183058
Posted By: The Shambles
11-May-04 - 02:17 PM
Thread Name: 50th and last Sidmouth festival?
Subject: RE: 50th and last Sidmouth festival?
The thing I noticed when I was there is that the locals hate it (the Festival) and the letters in the local press are venomous in the extreme with ranting like 'why does the town have to put up with this each year !!

There was a piece just now on the local BBC South West news. Many locals were interviewed but none expressed anything but support (and support in the form of money from local business) for the event. There seemed much puzzlement as to why such a successful local event would even be under threat.

Festival organisers get it right and deserve our support when they manage to supply what their attendees want. Up to this point, because they largely have done this, support for the current organisers is understandable. They have stepped in and saved the event in the past, taken risks and I thank them for this and many other things.

However, it is less understandable to support the current organisers from this point onward, when it a fact that it is only they who are directly and publicly threatening the future of the festival, whatever or however justified their concerns may be.

The crucial word about any future trust fund, is the word trust. If they get want they want this time, are the current organisers to be trusted not to come up with some other threat in the future. If I were a local business or councillor I might be wary of giving in to this public demand, and be concerned about the form the next blackmail attempt may take.