A TOWN is rallying together to help save a landmark event on the arts calendar.

The Ulverston community are campaigning to rescue the annual arts and musical festival: Another Fine Fest.

The world record breaking festival, which attracted 15,000 people to the town last year, showcases a variety of live music and street theatre as well as a range of interactive workshops.

This year the festival is being forced to generate its £10,000 budget through fundraising after its Arts Council funding was refused.

However, this has failed to deter festival director, Dave Crossley, from cancelling the celebrated event.

He said: “I absolutely refuse to entertain the possibility of cancelling the event but to make it a reality we really need everyone to support it.

“If everyone that has enjoyed the event over the years or plans to come to this one donated just a couple of quid we would be safe and sorted!

“Last year we generated £4.5k from 220 people's donations.

“They have always given us their amazing support with so much positive feedback and generous donations via our crowdfunding campaign but this year we need them more than ever and it is vital that the campaign is a success.

“The Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant is a highly competitive award and I guess this time they wanted to fund something else instead of us.”

The festival’s uncertain future is a "real shame", according to town councillor Dave Webster.

He said: “I hope they do receive funding of some kind since it’s such a popular event for the town.

“I hope one of the big businesses comes forward because it’s a wonderful festival and really brings people to the town.”

Fellow town councillor, Mark Wilson hopes the festival will be able to return this year.

He said: “I hope the community rally together and help keep this going.

“I’m definitely in favour of the festival returning, it’s fantastic for the town.”

If you would like to make a donation, visit here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/another-fine-fest-2019#/.