Furore over festivals

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PASSIONATE supporters of Morecambe entertainment have warned that the town’s festival season could be left in tatters by lack of funding.

Debbie Cain, granddaughter of legendary resort entertainer Albert Modley, lashed out at Morecambe Town Council’s plans to trim £17,000 off the festivals budget in 2012 and cut leading promoter Steve Middlesbrough’s grant by half.

Now Mr Middlesbrough and fellow event organisers claim their events may have to be scrapped.

Mrs Cain, chair of the council’s festivals and events committee until she lost her seat in the May elections, said: “If the council doesn’t give the lion’s share of its money to festivals then they won’t happen.

“They should spend (up to) £100,000 on the season and embrace people who want to organise events in Morecambe with open arms. This is a step back.

“The 2011 season was very, very successful. The feedback we got off the public was amazing.”

Terrie Metcalfe, a member of the seven-strong committee but who spoke out against the proposals, said: “I’m speaking not as a councillor, this is my own opinion, and I don’t understand this.

“We’ve got a reputation in this town for putting on events. Do they want everything to go to Blackpool?”

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