Plea to help save Falkland Festival

The children's fancy dress parade is always a popular feature
The children's fancy dress parade is always a popular feature

Organisers of Falkland’s traditional summer festival have warned the event could fold unless new committee members come forward.

A crunch meeting is to be held this Monday, February 16, at which it’s hoped to recruit community-minded volunteers prepared to spare a couple of hours a month to help save the event.

“The Falkland Festival has been held every summer for as long as most people can remember,” said chair Kelly Hodgson.

“It would be a terrible shame if it folded, but most of the committee members are stepping down this year as they have completed three years’ service and unless we find people to replace them, that’s what will happen.

“We have asked around informally but haven’t had any success, which is why we’ve decided to hold an emergenncy AGM.

“It really is last chance saloon for the Falkland Festival and if people want it to survive they must step up to the mark.

“We really hope that this local tradition can be kept alive.”

A minimum of six people are needed to form the committee but, says Kelly, no-one is over-burdened with work.

“It only involves a couple of hours each month - although obviously during the week of the festival itself there’s more to do,” she explained.

“It’s almost formulaic and no fund-raising is needed as we have funding in place.”

Founded more than 30 years ago, Falkland Festival is a week-long programme of family events such as a street fair, children’s fancy dress parade, duck race and much more.

As well as being popular within the community, the festival also helps swell visitor numbers to the historic village.

It takes place in June and is followed by a weekend-long traditional music festival, which is organised separately.

The emercency meeting will be held this Monday in Falkland Village Hall at 7pm.