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Planning gets under way for Pickering 1960s festival
PICKERING will be swinging to the sounds of its annual 1960s Festival again next year as the town builds on the success of this year’s event.
The festival, which celebrated its sixth year in June, has expanded from a one-off free concert in the town centre into a five-day celebration.
A band of volunteers spends 12 months organising the line-up of live music, classic cars, memorabilia and a pop-up museum and they are now well under way with plans for 2014.
Bruce Pickup, one of the organisers, said: “An abiding memory for me of this year’s festival was the number of people who defied the rain and stayed to the end, many dancing in the rain. That sort of thing makes the time spent worthwhile.”
He said: “We had a post-event meeting and identified issues we thought needed addressing and now would like to ask our friends and the people of the area for their comments on the 2013 festival ideas and on how we can improve in 2014.”
Bruce said that last year they held a successful open meeting and have arranged to hold another one at The Sun Inn, Westgate, on Thursday, September 19, at 7.30pm.
“As well as our friends, we have invited local councillors who we appreciate are busy people but hope some can attend along with trades people who are affected by the road closure,” he said.
“Invitations have also been sent to public houses, many of whom ran events over the event.”
Bruce said they had also worked closely with North Yorkshire Moors Railway and it was hoped this relationship could be maintained for next year’s event, initially scheduled to take place from June 11 to 15.
“In addition, we are still running our regular quizzes at Bar 4 on the last Thursday in the month. These events form an important part of our income and any support that can be given is appreciated,” he said.
“Pickering 60s Festival is a non-profit making community event run by and for the people of the area, so we urge people to ‘spread the word’ and remember they can keep up to date with us on our website or Facebook.”
For more information phone Bruce on 01751 477340 or visit www.pickering60sfestival.co.uk