Bid launched to save Millom festive market
Last updated at 16:29, Sunday, 22 September 2013
VOLUNTEERS have mounted a last-ditch attempt to save a major Christmas event.
Millom Christmas market is facing the axe after its usual organiser, South Copeland Tourism Community Interest Company, said it was unable to find the necessary funding or volunteers. But members of Millom Carnival Committee have announced plans to try to mount an event of their own.
Judith Tyson, co-ordinator at the committee, said: “I have spoken to the other members of the committee and we would be happy to take it on if the town council will let us.’’
Mrs Tyson said the committee was concerned about the loss of an important event to Millom.
She said: “It would be such a shame to see it go, we can’t afford to lose anything else from Millom. The loss of the Christmas market would just be another nail in the coffin for our lovely little town. We brought the carnival back after a long absence and we don’t intend to allow the Christmas market to die.”
Although no concrete plans are in place, a provisional date of Saturday December 14 has been suggested.
Mrs Tyson said: “The market has always traditionally been on a weekday but we thought it would be better to hold this one on a Saturday to give working people a chance to enjoy it as well.
“We will need help from local businesses and traders but the Recreation Centre usually puts something on and The Bridge Cafe has a Santa’s grotto so we can involve all that,” she said.
Julie Forrest, co-manager of Millom Recreation Centre in Lancashire Road, said: “It would definitely be a huge shame to lose the market; it brings a lot of business into the area. We have nothing arranged yet but we will look to have an event on at the same time as any new Christmas market.”
The carnival committee is appealing for anyone who would like to help with the organisation of the market, or any businesses interested in hosting a stall, to contact Mrs Tyson on 01229 219755 or Karen Jackson-Smith on 01229 770546.
First published at 16:28, Sunday, 22 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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why does it again fall upon the local people of millom to pull our councillors out of the mire again. what exactly is it that they actually do because from where i'm looking they seem to being doing naff all as usual. every member of millom council should be ashamed of themselves for the way they are treating the town. we know moneys tight but we are just all getting sick of listening to all the same excuses getting wheeled out time and again. there seems to be no fight or spirt from our councilors they've all just rolled over and had their bellies tickled by their friends in whitehaven!