Barnard Castle Town Council plans repeat of successful summer events programme (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Barnard Castle Town Council plans repeat of successful summer events programme
ORGANISERS of a series of summer events are planning a repeat performance next year.
A buskers' day, brass band concert, medieval day and teddy bears' picnic were organised on Saturdays during the summer holidays by town councillors in Barnard Castle.
Although arranged at short notice, members said they had been well received by residents and visitors and with more time to plan, next year's programme – whether the same or incorporating new activities - could build on that encouraging start.
Councillor Thom Robinson told a meeting of the council's partnership committee the events, which were staged on the new-look Scar Top area, had come in under budget.
“The buskers' day has definite scope for boosting the profile of the town,” he said.
“The Durham Constabulary Band created a magnificent sound across Scar Top and was well received by the older resident population, though it is worth noting many tourists also stopped at the event.”
He said the medieval day featured a wandering musician and storyteller as well as a period encampment on Scar Top and attracted large crowds.
The teddy bears' picnic was put back a week due to the threat of bad weather and resulted in a low turnout on the rearranged date.
Coun Robinson said the town council also paid £2,500 to welcome the Durham Streets Festival to Barnard Castle on August Bank Holiday and this drew large crowds.
After much discussion, the committee agreed to submit a funding bid to the full council for £14,000 to cover the costs of next year's events programme – the same amount as this year.
As well as the summer activities, this covers the cost of Christmas festivities and Remembrance Sunday arrangements as well as supporting events organised by other groups in the town.
Coun Sandra Moorhouse said: “At this stage, all we really need to do is apply for the overall amount.
“Then we can sit down and focus on what events we can pull together and work out a programme.
“If we are going to book acts or develop some of the themes that worked really well, we need to know there is money in the budget.”
Neil Stokell, representing Barnard Castle Business Guild on the committee, said: “The traders would support any event that helps the circulation of people around the town.”
If the events funding is agreed when the council sets its overall budget in January, £8,000 will be spent on winter activities, £5,500 on the summer programme and £500 on Remembrance Sunday.
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