Whalley Pickwick Festival organisers promise event revamp

Lancashire Telegraph: At the problem-hit Pickwick Festival are from left, Ann Ellwood, Malcolm Hebden, Martin Highton, Coun Joyce Holgate, Martin and Wendy Hay, Tom Pridmore, Mayor and Mayoress of Ribble Valley Coun Richard Sherras and Lynne Pate and Coun Simon Hore At the problem-hit Pickwick Festival are from left, Ann Ellwood, Malcolm Hebden, Martin Highton, Coun Joyce Holgate, Martin and Wendy Hay, Tom Pridmore, Mayor and Mayoress of Ribble Valley Coun Richard Sherras and Lynne Pate and Coun Simon Hore

THE organisers of the Whalley Pickwick Festival have promised to revamp the annual event after a series of problems hit this year’s bonanza.

The committee of the Victorian-themed event, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary, have apologised to Ribchester runner David Moretta who was booked to help kick off proceedings.

David, who recently completed 18 marathons in 18 days for charity, was briefly name-checked and ended up playing a very small part in opening the ceremony.

The committee also apologised after bad weather during the day prevented many stalls, children’s rides and a giant ferris wheel being set up.

The management team fell three hours behind on their preparations and the VIPs weren’t briefed ‘sufficiently’ on how the opening ceremony would proceed.

Preparations were also hampered after guest of honour Malcolm Hebden, who plays Norris Cole in Coronation Street, only arrived from Manchester minutes before the festival was due to be declared open.

Chairman Neil Martin said the committee was now discussing ways to ‘slim down’ the opening ceremony and freshen the event for next year.

Mr Martin said: “We regret that because of Malcolm Hebden being late to the opening ceremony and the fact that the team fell three hours behind schedule, that much more was not made of David’s recent achievements.

“Personal apologies were made to David as soon as we could and I also want to extend that to any visitors who expected to see more of him.

“The very bad weather during the day stopped us from putting up the giant ferris wheel and prevented a lot of stalls from being set up.

“Other children’s rides were stuck in traffic and were unable to make it to Whalley.

“The committee are very sorry that they had to miss the event and apologise to everyone who had looked forward to visiting them.

“We are in talks about how to change the event for next year and I hope it will make it more exciting.

“I was impressed with how the event went overall considering how many problems we faced on the day.”

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9:15pm Thu 12 Dec 13

willie eckerslike says...

Maybe the committee could have a word with the hot donut seller £4.50 for 7 donuts, that's way over the top, I would not let mrs eckerslike pay it, as an ex market trader myself I would have been embarrassed to stand behind a stall and ask £4 50 for7 donuts, I do know that there were lots of complaints amongst the people attending about this, it did spoil what was a great evening.
Maybe the committee could have a word with the hot donut seller £4.50 for 7 donuts, that's way over the top, I would not let mrs eckerslike pay it, as an ex market trader myself I would have been embarrassed to stand behind a stall and ask £4 50 for7 donuts, I do know that there were lots of complaints amongst the people attending about this, it did spoil what was a great evening. willie eckerslike

12:36pm Fri 13 Dec 13

trelly1910 says...

it appears that the novelty has worn off. The first Pickwick nights were good but now it's an excuse to draw as much cash as possible. Why not have it every two years which gives more time for organisation and maybe attract a better type of stall holder
it appears that the novelty has worn off. The first Pickwick nights were good but now it's an excuse to draw as much cash as possible. Why not have it every two years which gives more time for organisation and maybe attract a better type of stall holder trelly1910

4:24pm Fri 13 Dec 13

clitheroe55 says...

Excellent night, good luck with preparation to next years event, it must be hard work to organise. We al l enjoyed it
Excellent night, good luck with preparation to next years event, it must be hard work to organise. We al l enjoyed it clitheroe55

12:58am Mon 16 Dec 13

Kiwihead says...

I went to this once, years ago, and it was a load of old tat then. And still is by the sound of things.
I went to this once, years ago, and it was a load of old tat then. And still is by the sound of things. Kiwihead

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