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Thread #80142   Message #1541101
Posted By: GUEST
12-Aug-05 - 12:28 PM
Thread Name: Save Lancaster Maritime Festival!
Subject: RE: Save Lancaster Maritime Festival!
Dear Mr Happy

I'm afraid that you are a bit behind the times...see this thread....

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=74639&messages=40
and this one...
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=79849&messages=24

On 1st August Linda Sirman presented a petition to the Council which contained over 6,000 signatures and a letter fom the Prince of Wales!

For the past four months, the local papers have been publishing all sorts of letters from supporters - to such an extent that the Leaders of the Council have got jolly well fed up hearing about it! They are, by now, well aware of all the economic benefits, but have chosen not to allow that to tip their decision makingin the other direction. They haven't changed their mind yet, though they still might, I suppose. Linda did an amazing job rganising the petition and was very well supported by nearly 100 people on the day, who accompanied her to the Town Hall. The actual handing over was done by a young girl of (I think) nine years old, who has been attending the Festival since she was three and has been encouraged to learn to play the fiddle as a result. There were members of the Shellback Chorus there, various other performers, too numerous to mention...Many people travelled from the south coast to support her and the Festival.

All in all, it showed what a great and diverse set of people attend - there were old people, middle aged pople, young uns, rich uns, poor uns, fit people, disabled people, grey hair, purple hair - and a dog!   

I gather it was quite an event - and they sang several shanties to the Councillor who accepted the petition.