Millom Christmas Market cancelled
Last updated at 16:14, Wednesday, 18 September 2013
A MAJOR Christmas event has been cancelled due to a lack of funding and volunteers.
The Millom Christmas Market, which attracted up to 2,000 guests and featured around 30 traders in previous years, will not go ahead this festive season.
South Copeland Tourism Community Interest Company, which organises the event, says it does not have the resources to host the markets this year.
However, the group plans to invest extra time and money into the Christmas lights switch on event on November 29.
Millom Town councillor Joan Hobbs, a director of the company, said funding had dried up and the group had suffered from the lack of a full time tourism development officer, after the departure of Mark Holroyd in March.
Copeland Borough Council sports development officer Gary Stewart was appointed interim projects officer, but left his post this month.
Ms Hobbs said: “It seems that there are more and more people going for a diminishing pot of money and we don’t have the resources to be chasing up funding any more.
“We would need to raise £1,600 for a marquee and we don’t have the ability to raise it this year.
“However we are putting more effort into the lights switch on and that will be quite positive.”
Fellow director Sue Day, owner of the Pavilion Guest House in Duke Street, said: “It’s not just a problem with the money; we have a lack of bodies as well. It’s as much the fact that it takes a lot of organising and there have just been less and less volunteers over the years.
“Last year I worked a 14 hour shift and it seems to fall down to two or three people every year.
“The Christmas lights event will be more manageable.”
Ms Hobbs said: “We’re not saying the market is cancelled forever.
“In a couple of years hopefully the money situation will improve and we will be able to get it up and running again.”
This year the lights switch on will feature stalls selling wreaths, hot chocolates and other Christmas treats, live carol singing and performances from brass bands.
First published at 15:58, Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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If the prison authorities at HMP Haverigg fined the people who are smuggling phones and drugs into the jail Â£1 each and made the cash available for the Christmas market theer would be enough funds to outdo most of the Christmas markets in the country!
Seriously, why does it all have to cost money? There is a merket square, the traders provide the stalls, hey presto, a market!
Not even santa wants to go