Town council is backing festivals

Country Kickback Festival (Saturday)'Magill.
Country Kickback Festival (Saturday)'Magill.

MORECAMBE’S “Top 20” festivals season could continue in 2012 after the town council agreed more funding for the successful programme of events.

And the council has also backed an initiative where young people will get the chance to set up and run their own community-based schemes.

A provisional cash sum of £50,000 was approved for the 2012/13 festivals season at a meeting of Morecambe Town Council last Thursday. This is less than the £82,000 spent this year, which included £40,000 carried forward from 2010.

However, the council may decide to allocate more money to the hugely popular series of events next year

The council also backed the creation of a Youth Forum made up of young people who live in the six parish wards of Morecambe – Westgate, Bare, Torrisholme, Heysham North,

Poulton and Harbour.

The Youth Forum will be funded by £10,000 from the council which they will use on projects within the six wards provided the forum raises 30 per cent of the cost.

Part of the £10,000 will be used to set up an Apprentice Clerk Scheme in partnership with a local school or college.

See The Visitor (22-06-11) for full story.