A FESTIVAL has less than 24 hours to reach the £18,000 target needed to deliver a full-scale event.

The popular multi-arts festival Another Fine Fest will be returning to Ulverston on June 14, 15 and 16 - marking its 10th anniversary.

The event typically sees thousands of people descend upon Ulverston each year to enjoy an array of festivities.

Their unsuccessful application for £30,000 from the Arts Council was a 'big blow' to the free event as it would have been their largest source of funding, said director Dave Crossley.

The festival is an independently produced event with zero guaranteed funding from year to year, relying on the generosity of donors to help pay for Another Fine Fest’s total costs.

Mr Crossley said they would have to scale back on what can be delivered this year if thousands of pounds are not raised by Sunday (March 10).

Dave said: "We can absolutely promise that the festival will go ahead and have been working day and night to ensure its survival. It is our 10th birthday and that is a huge deal to us, we would really love to do something special to mark the occasion. 

"One thing that we absolutely will not do is ask anyone to work or perform for free.

"We work hard throughout the year to generate funding from as many different streams as possible to ensure everyone is paid properly. This includes several grant applications as well as courting sponsorships and advertisements."

Since launching a Crowdfunder online over £10,000 has been raised for Another Fine Fest, equating to 57 per cent of the festival target of £18,000.

"If each of the 20,000+ people that attend donated just £1, we'd be sorted," he said.

"Costs have risen across the board and cuts to arts funding have been massive, leading to the cancellation of many grassroots events throughout the country.

"Long term, the sustainability of the festival is in question and it would be a massive shame to lose it and the positive impact it has on the local economy, charities and community spirit.

"We can't thank our partner venues and the 428 people who've donated to our crowdfunder enough."

To make a donation, visit the Crowdfunder link here.