Town festival to last nine days

Filey Festival ..enjoying the stalls 102599g filey
Filey Festival ..enjoying the stalls 102599g filey

MONEY may be tight, but the organisers of Filey Town Festival are hoping to at least match the success of last year’s event and will be running it over the full nine days.

Chairman Sue Clarke said they aimed to get the programme out by Easter and would be selling it at a stall at Filey’s Royal wedding celebrations on April 29, and at other locations around the town.

The festival will run from Saturday, June 25 until Sunday, July 3, and include many of the traditional highlights of the event.

Mrs Clarke said: “Our events are well organised, but everything is dependent on people turning up and supporting us, and we’re dependent on fine weather.

“There will be other things going on in the town during the week and the schools are taking part, so hopefully it will be as good if not better than last year.”

With no major grants, however, she said funding was very much down. “It’s just not available. We’ve had some small grants and donations and a small amount of money left over from last year, but we’re hoping to be more or less self-sufficent.”

Previous festivals have benefited from five-figure grants from the Arts Council, which has been forced to tighten its belt this year.

The festival committee has also lost out on a £1,700 bid for ‘Voice Your Choice’ funding to pay for a ‘Last Night of the Proms’-style concert featuring the Scarborough Spa Orchestra. However, organisers are hoping to arrange an alternative event.

One of the highlights of last year’s festival was the participation of the Scandinavian marching bands which visit Scarborough every summer, and Mrs Clarke said they would like other groups to join in their march through town on the first Sunday.

She said: “We were told other groups wanted to join in the march this year, but we’ve not had many forthcoming when we’ve asked around so we’re appealing for any other bands or organisations that want to join in. They could be groups of people from pubs or anywhere.”

In a departure from previous years, the traditional first Saturday craft market will be running throughout the weekend, and would-be stall-holders are asked to call organiser Diane Yalezo on 513449.

There will also be a Fun Day in Glen Gardens on the last Sunday, with potential car booters and stall-holders asked to contact Andrew Rishworth on 0797 3383142.

And on Saturday, July 2, there will be another Teddy Bears’ Picnic, raising funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice. Anyone with a spare teddy bear in good order is invited to bring it in to Mrs Yalezo at Desire in Belle Vue Street, Filey.

Once again, there will be a Festival Queen, Princess and Prince, who will be selected shortly with the help of local schools.

Mrs Clarke said any help anyone could offer with anything would be gratefully received, and she also wanted to hear from anyone interested in taking part in the march on June 26. She can be contacted on (01723) 512908.