Meeting to discuss the future of Bo’ness

The Victorian Street Fair was cancelled this year and without proper funding could go forever
The Victorian Street Fair was cancelled this year and without proper funding could go forever
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A public meeting is being held in Bo’ness over fears future funding cuts could badly impact the town’s festivals.

As a result of tightening the purse strings at Falkirk Delivers, the Victorian Street Fair was cancelled this year and the community council fear other events could disappear if the town fails to act.

Bo’ness Community Council convener Madelene Hunt said: “This year we received no funding for the Victorian Fair so sadly it had to be cancelled. The meeting is inviting anyone who can help to see if there is a way forward for the town.

“People do not realise the costs of these events so hopefully the meeting will help people understand how much money is needed to run successful community festivals.”

The Victorian Fair itself costs around £7000 to organise. Madelene said: “Security is £1000, PA system another £1000, stalls £1000 so before you know it the cost is £3000.“

With limited funds there will now be changes to how big events in Bo’ness are paid for.

The Christmas lights, Falkirk Council will pay for the lights, the tree, reindeers however there will be no funds for the entertainers.

The Victorian Street Fair, the council will assist with publication and promotion, however the rest will be up to the community.

Big Roman Week which sees the history of Bo’ness brought to life will not be affected as The Friends of Kinneil look after the funds for the celebration.

Madelene said: “The meeting is our town’s chance to ensure these fantastic events have a future.

“If you want things like the Victorian Fair in your town then sometimes you have roll up your sleeves and help.”

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 27, at 7pm in the large Library room.