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Plenty of Interest in Saving Weymouth Kite Festival


8:11am 25th October 2013

The Council wants to hear from anyone with a bright idea that could save Weymouth's Kite Festival.

The Borough can no longer afford to run the event and wants to pass over responsibility and costs to another organisation or band of volunteers.

A meeting for interested parties is being held at Weymouth Pavilion from 2pm today (Friday 25th October).

There have been up to 20 expressions of interest so far and the Council says the floor is open to anyone who has an interesting idea that could see the popular Kite Festival live on.

Tourism and Culture Brief Holder, Councillor Ian Bruce would like to see a new re-invigorated Kite Festival that's good for the local economy and that it's a great event he wants to see survive;

"The problem with anything we do in any resort is you have to keep renewing your offering. It's not good enough simply saying, come along and see what you've seen for the last 20 years, we want to be able to say to people it's going to be a great weekend to come to Weymouth and Portland."

"We want to be able to say to people, yes, this is going to be a great weekend for Weymouth and Portland and a great weekend for locals because tourism isn't just about visitors. We're going to make sure it's better than ever."

For more details about today's meeting contact Borough Council Events Manager Charlotte Sheppard by email on C.Sheppard@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk

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