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Monday, 28 July 2014

Outdoor banquet may be Millom’s last

AROUND 800 people enjoyed what could be Lakes Alive’s last performance in Millom.

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DINING OUT: The Banquet comes to MillomMILTON HAWORTH REF: 50037383B015

The 2012 Olympic legacy programme is not, at this stage, able to say whether the show will return to the town next year.

But organisers insist putting on a show in Millom is on its ‘priority list’.

Returning for the second year in a row on Wednesday night, The Banquet saw a host of street artists entertaining picnickers in the town’s Market Square and St George’s Terrace.

The event was hailed a success by many in attendance and Lakes Alive say its return now depends on financial support.

A Lakes Alive spokeswoman said: “We had a great time in Millom and we think it’s important to take things out to places that don’t get regular events.

“So it is certainly up there on our priority list.

“But it will depend on future funding so we can’t say if we’ll be coming back next year.

“We’ve got some funding available for next year, but for every event we do we now need to raise match funding from the local area or other sources.

“Throughout the four-year programme, we’ve taken tours out to more rural locations, specifically to try and provide for people that might not have a regular series of events and entertainment.

“The feedback we’ve had from these places is that they really appreciate it and really do want more, so we’re aware that there is a demand there and we want to fill it if we can. But we can’t, at this stage, commit to anything.”

The Banquet is supported by Copeland Borough Council, Copeland Community Fund and Cumbria County Council’s Copeland Local Area Committee. It was presented in collaboration with the Beggar’s Theatre, in Millom.

A Lakes Alive spokeswoman confirmed a grant application had been submitted to Copeland Community Fund and that a decision was expected in September.

lBanquet review and pictures – pages 18/19

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