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Sixties festival’s future hangs in the balance

Pickering Sixties Fest,Bruce Pickup and Wife Kate take a 60s road trip.  142329a pic Richard ponter

Pickering Sixties Fest,Bruce Pickup and Wife Kate take a 60s road trip. 142329a pic Richard ponter

The future of the popular Saturday evening concert of the annual Pickering 60s Festival hangs in the balance - unless more people join its organising committee.

Bruce Pickup, chairman of the Pickering 60s Committee, says a lack of volunteers means the Thursday evening concert at the Kirk Theatre will also be cancelled and their website shut down at the end of September.

“We believe that the North Yorkshire Moors Railway will continue to organise their Swinging Sixties weekend, and that other venues around town will also want to organise events, so hopefully it is not the end of the weekend - just the end of our part in it,” said Mr Pickup.

At a postmortem meeting following the 7th festival, the committee was left with only four members with which to organise next year’s event. The committee’s reserves have also “been stretched to the limit.”

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to a local businessman who has stepped in to provide a reserve fund to support a 2015 festival.

“This is not however an “open cheque”, we must still give our best endeavours to making money as before, but should we hit cash flow problems support will be available,” said Mr Pickup. “We believe an active group of at least 10 people are necessary to help throughout the build up to the event and as many again to assist at the Saturday concert.”

 

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