Funds pledge keeps Darwen Live alive

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THE annual Darwen Live music festival will continue this year after the town and borough councils pledged to fund it.

The event, which cost £35,000 in 2013 and featured performances from The Wonder Stuff and The Lancashire Hotpots, will take place on Sunday and the Bank Holiday Monday, May 25 and 26.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has pledged £15,000, with the rest being paid for by Darwen Town Council and sponsorships.

Town council deputy chairman Trevor Maxfield said he was delighted the event would continue. He said: “It is great news that the borough has agreed to continue its funding and we have unanimously agreed to continue ours.Darwen Live is one of the biggest events in Darwen’s calendar so it is important that we continue to run it.

“We are hoping to bring in more cash through sponsorships this year, so hopefully we can make the event even bigger.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council executive member for leisure Damian Talbot said: “We have agreed to put in the same amount as we did last year.

“It is an important event in Darwen and it brings a lot in to the local economy as well.

“Hopefully, I will be able to go myself this year as well, as my children are getting older and I get a bit more freedom now!”

The annual two-day free festival was in danger of being cancelled in 2011 after borough council bosses said they could not afford to put on the event, which had cost £41,000 in 2010.

But with joint funding from Darwen Town Council, the event was saved and has continued every year.

The popular event has been running since 2000 and has seen top bands such as The Buzzcocks, Bad Manners and The Animals perform in the town centre.

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2:13pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Corsetmaker says...

Admittedly I do not go to Darwen Live, i live close enough to hear it, but my 2 sons do usually go and they love it, so im really happy that its going to stay, we need more events and such to bring the community together such as this
Admittedly I do not go to Darwen Live, i live close enough to hear it, but my 2 sons do usually go and they love it, so im really happy that its going to stay, we need more events and such to bring the community together such as this Corsetmaker

2:23pm Wed 1 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

Great news that it will be on this year again, but don't think that it needs to be made any bigger. It's fine as it is.
Great news that it will be on this year again, but don't think that it needs to be made any bigger. It's fine as it is. happycyclist

2:06pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Ian the Beancounter says...

Bring back Hayseed Dixie!
Bring back Hayseed Dixie! Ian the Beancounter

1:14pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Darwentrublue says...

Would be nice if they could pledge some funds to help keep the Darwen Gala going though
Would be nice if they could pledge some funds to help keep the Darwen Gala going though Darwentrublue

9:00am Sat 4 Jan 14

HelpingDarwen says...

Are you sure you want the council making decisions to spend your council tax money on a pop concert that ought to be commercially self-sufficient if there were enough demand for it?
Are you sure you want the council making decisions to spend your council tax money on a pop concert that ought to be commercially self-sufficient if there were enough demand for it? HelpingDarwen

8:10pm Sat 4 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

Darwentrublue wrote:
Would be nice if they could pledge some funds to help keep the Darwen Gala going though
Very good point -especially with the police costs. It puzzles me how the police/council seem reluctant to pay £1,000 for a couple of police to sort the traffic out at Darwen Gala, which is a proper community event for the people of Darwen, yet the £50,000 cost of an EDL protest in Blackburn that isn't a community event and doesn't benefit any BwDBC council-tax payers, isn't a problem. Bizarre.
[quote][p][bold]Darwentrublue[/bold] wrote: Would be nice if they could pledge some funds to help keep the Darwen Gala going though[/p][/quote]Very good point -especially with the police costs. It puzzles me how the police/council seem reluctant to pay £1,000 for a couple of police to sort the traffic out at Darwen Gala, which is a proper community event for the people of Darwen, yet the £50,000 cost of an EDL protest in Blackburn that isn't a community event and doesn't benefit any BwDBC council-tax payers, isn't a problem. Bizarre. happycyclist

3:40pm Sun 5 Jan 14

louderfasterlonger says...

happycyclist wrote:
Darwentrublue wrote: Would be nice if they could pledge some funds to help keep the Darwen Gala going though
Very good point -especially with the police costs. It puzzles me how the police/council seem reluctant to pay £1,000 for a couple of police to sort the traffic out at Darwen Gala, which is a proper community event for the people of Darwen, yet the £50,000 cost of an EDL protest in Blackburn that isn't a community event and doesn't benefit any BwDBC council-tax payers, isn't a problem. Bizarre.
Dtc Do help fund Darwen Gala and one of the sunnyhurst councillors secured the services of Capita to sort out the closure of Borough Road foc. Darwen Gala is a great event and will continue to be supported by Dtc.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darwentrublue[/bold] wrote: Would be nice if they could pledge some funds to help keep the Darwen Gala going though[/p][/quote]Very good point -especially with the police costs. It puzzles me how the police/council seem reluctant to pay £1,000 for a couple of police to sort the traffic out at Darwen Gala, which is a proper community event for the people of Darwen, yet the £50,000 cost of an EDL protest in Blackburn that isn't a community event and doesn't benefit any BwDBC council-tax payers, isn't a problem. Bizarre.[/p][/quote]Dtc Do help fund Darwen Gala and one of the sunnyhurst councillors secured the services of Capita to sort out the closure of Borough Road foc. Darwen Gala is a great event and will continue to be supported by Dtc. louderfasterlonger

5:44pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Darwentrublue says...

happycyclist wrote:
Darwentrublue wrote:
Would be nice if they could pledge some funds to help keep the Darwen Gala going though
Very good point -especially with the police costs. It puzzles me how the police/council seem reluctant to pay £1,000 for a couple of police to sort the traffic out at Darwen Gala, which is a proper community event for the people of Darwen, yet the £50,000 cost of an EDL protest in Blackburn that isn't a community event and doesn't benefit any BwDBC council-tax payers, isn't a problem. Bizarre.
Totally agree, if you are trying to arrange a family / community special day you have to pay. arrange a racist or political rally / demonstration FREE. come on guys get a grip
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darwentrublue[/bold] wrote: Would be nice if they could pledge some funds to help keep the Darwen Gala going though[/p][/quote]Very good point -especially with the police costs. It puzzles me how the police/council seem reluctant to pay £1,000 for a couple of police to sort the traffic out at Darwen Gala, which is a proper community event for the people of Darwen, yet the £50,000 cost of an EDL protest in Blackburn that isn't a community event and doesn't benefit any BwDBC council-tax payers, isn't a problem. Bizarre.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, if you are trying to arrange a family / community special day you have to pay. arrange a racist or political rally / demonstration FREE. come on guys get a grip Darwentrublue

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