Food, music, tall ships and history lined up for 2014
Last updated at 11:33, Thursday, 31 October 2013
WORK has begun on a series of events to replace the Whitehaven Festival for 2014.
A World War I exhibition, a home and garden show, a live concert and a Christmas fair are all set to take place next year, with the festival planned to return in its traditional format in 2015.
The wartime display will run from May 3 to 10 to mark 100 years since World War I broke out. And Whitehaven Festival Company is appealing for people to get involved in its production.
Chief executive Gerard Richardson said: “The exhibition will tell the story of the war in a storyboard timeline interspersed with model battleships, replica weapons and uniforms of the period.
“There will hopefully also be a section related to how the war impacted on the local area. If anyone has any items from the period that they would like us to display please come forward with details. Photographs or rare video would be particularly welcome.
“We have already had on enquiry about loaning the exhibition to display in a city after we have ended our exhibition.
“The war was perhaps the bloodiest and most brutal in history and we hope to show some of that by getting modern day reporters to rewrite news of battles such as the Somme to show how the massive casualty news would be received today.
“The location of the exhibition will be announced soon.”
Mr Richardson added that the home and garden show could be “one of the best ideas” organisers have had. It will incorporate the food section from the usual festival and add homestyle stalls and garden experts.
A number of tall ships – that have become synonymous with Whitehaven Festival – will visit town in June, and the following month, a Whitehaven Live concert is set for Copeland Athletics Stadium. The line-up is yet to be confirmed.
And the year finishes with a traditional Christmas Fair in December.
The Whitehaven Festival was called off for a number of reasons, principally that it will allow organisers to “take stock of land availability for future events” given various parts of the harbour are earmarked for redevelopment.
Two other popular Cumbrian events have been shelved for 2014. Organisers of the Solfest and CockRock music festivals have announced this week that their respective events will not take place next year.
First published at 11:07, Thursday, 31 October 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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Pooling - thought Copeland wanted to go on its own!
Nice double standards
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