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Grant is boost to Darwen Live festival

THIS year’s Darwen Live festival got a big boost on Thursday when the borough’s full £15,000 grant to the two-day musical event was confirmed.

Leisure chief Damian Talbot told a meeting of the council’s executive board that the figure was set in stone despite recently announced Whitehall finance cuts.

While he could give no promises about the level of future support, he promised that Blackburn with Darwen Council was committed to the success of the 13-year-old festival which it saw as vital to the town and the borough’s cultural life.

The promise came as the organisers revealed that they are in final talks about signing a major Indie band to headline the event.

Coun Talbot was tackled on the issue by Marsh House ward councillor Tom Evans when the executive board held a meeting in Darwen town hall.

Coun Evans asked: “I recognise that the council are facing 20 per cent budget cuts and that things are difficult, but can you reassure me of continuing support for Darwen Live?”

Coun Talbot replied: “There are no plans to reduce the council’s contribution to the Darwen Live event during the next financial year although the full effect of government budget cuts are sill being worked out and therefore we may need to review this in future years.

“I appreciate how important it is for the borough and town council to work together in ensuring that events which are of value to both the community and the local economy continue to receive support.

“I went last year when it was raining heavily and it was still a fantastic event. We recognise it is an important event in the life of both the town and the borough. There were lots of people there and many of them using the Darwen’s pubs and cafes. It is important to the local economy and we will continue to support it. ”

Darwen Town Council has again promised up to £30,000 to underwrite the festival on May 26 and 27.

Organising committee chairman and town council deputy chairman Coun Trevor Maxfield said: “This is good news. It is the third year we have run Darwen Live since taking it over from the council.

“Last year’s cost £37,500.

“We will have an alternative stage in Knott Street as well as the main one in the town square. We are in the final negotiations to sign a major Indie act to headline the festival.”

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6:06pm Sat 19 Jan 13

louderfasterlonger says...

Bring it on - Limp Bizkit to headline Sunday, with Iron Maiden Monday. One can but Dream.
Bring it on - Limp Bizkit to headline Sunday, with Iron Maiden Monday. One can but Dream. louderfasterlonger
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9:44pm Sun 20 Jan 13

YNWAJFT96 says...

More likely, Heston Blumenthal's Giant Biscuit and Ironmonger!
Get t'Hotpots on!
More likely, Heston Blumenthal's Giant Biscuit and Ironmonger! Get t'Hotpots on! YNWAJFT96
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10:52am Mon 21 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

£15,000 on this CR*p and the council has the cheek to complain about how cuts are going to hit us hard.

GET YOUR PRIORITYS RIGHT
£15,000 on this CR*p and the council has the cheek to complain about how cuts are going to hit us hard. GET YOUR PRIORITYS RIGHT 2 for 5p
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11:02am Mon 21 Jan 13

sean_brfc says...

£15k is 50p per Darwener. Excellent value for an excellent weekend.
£15k is 50p per Darwener. Excellent value for an excellent weekend. sean_brfc
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1:46pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Progressive Penguin says...

sean_brfc wrote:
£15k is 50p per Darwener. Excellent value for an excellent weekend.
well said!
[quote][p][bold]sean_brfc[/bold] wrote: £15k is 50p per Darwener. Excellent value for an excellent weekend.[/p][/quote]well said! Progressive Penguin
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12:49am Sat 26 Jan 13

Unhappycyclist says...

Having attended Darwen Live for a number of years, I have been proud of the numbers of Darweners willing to give their time for free to support this event (thanks for the tee shirt Viv). I appeal to one Darwener in particular though to help us out. Come on Neil Arthur mate, you were brill in the '80's and I've just bought Blanc Burn. Don't forget your roots, or the good times we had at Moorland and Woolworths. Darwen would love to see you again.
Having attended Darwen Live for a number of years, I have been proud of the numbers of Darweners willing to give their time for free to support this event (thanks for the tee shirt Viv). I appeal to one Darwener in particular though to help us out. Come on Neil Arthur mate, you were brill in the '80's and I've just bought Blanc Burn. Don't forget your roots, or the good times we had at Moorland and Woolworths. Darwen would love to see you again. Unhappycyclist
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