9th Dec, 2016

Lack of volunteers puts May Day festival on hold

Coventry Editorial 9th Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A LACK of volunteers means the Earlsdon ‘May Day’ street festival will not take place in 2016.

The bank holiday event, which is regularly attended by up to 10,000 people, has been an annual feature in the area’s calendar since its return in 2011.

A spokesperson said they had a small but committed team of volunteers who had worked hard in recent years to put on a successful family festival in the heart of Earlsdon.

But, unfortunately a number of key members had left the organising team and despite their best efforts they had not found replacements.

They said they had taken the difficult decision not to stage the 2016 festival and instead planned to take stock of where they were, recruit new volunteers and review what was needed to ensure the festival could return successfully in 2017.

“We know this will cause disappointment in the community and deprive Coventry of a key visitor attraction but there is simply too much work involved for the small number of volunteers we currently have available,” they added.

“We would wish to thank everyone who has been involved in recent years and to provide assurances to the local community that this decision was taken to ensure that we can put on a successful and safe festival in 2017.”

Although the ‘May Day’ street festival will not be returning there will still be a number of music and arts events taking place in April and May which may be promoted under the Earlsdon Festival banner.

A small family event is also likely to take place in the playground at Earlsdon Primary as in previous years.

Anyone interested in getting involved can e-mail earlsdonfest@gmail.com outlining their experience.

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