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Newquay Fish Festival appeals for help after cash shortfall

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 24, 2014

  • SHORTFALL: Newquay Fish Festival, which is in need of support. : Dean Woods

  • Picture by Jonathan Jacobs. 16/09/2007. Michael Martin with a plate of fresh mackerel at the Newquay Fish Festival.

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THE NEWQUAY Fish Festival has been left floundering after having its grant cut by more than half.

At a meeting on Tuesday, Newquay Town Council's tourism and leisure committee agreed to provide £2,000 of the £5,000 festival organisers had asked for.

Councillors have advised the Newquay Regeneration Forum, which runs the festival, to apply for additional funding from the finance and policy committee.

Despite the shortfall, organiser Andy Cole said: "We're very pleased to have been given £2,000. It's great the council has been able to help given all the cuts they've had to make.

"They have been very supportive in all directions but we do require extra finances this year, and we need the support of everybody."

Mr Cole said that unless funds can be raised, the future of the festival, which costs £30,000 to run, is uncertain.

"If they don't give us anything, some things may not be achieved. Extra money would allow us to move the fish festival forward, so that we're not looking at going too into the red."

He claimed the festival, which is set to take place from September 12 to 14, will benefit the resort as a whole.

"The money we're asking for to put on a major Newquay event is a small sum to pay for all of the publicity it creates and the people it brings in. We're estimating 12,000 to 15,000 people will turn out," he said.

Meanwhile Newquay Town Council has agreed to give £1,500 towards the Lions' carnival, which will take place from July 5 to 12.

A further £1,500 was granted by the finance and policy committee at a previous meeting.

Jill Willmott, senior vice-president of the Newquay Lions, said: "We're extremely pleased. Without the council's support we couldn't put the carnival on. This is a great way to bring everyone together and to encourage people to the area."

For more information on helping at the Newquay Fish Festival or the carnival, e-mail Andy Cole at newquaysurf@btconnect.com

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