The second public meeting to discuss this year’s festival was held on Monday evening and was well attended.  The general consensus is that we should move away from the traditional 2-week festival toward a series of events held mainly but not exclusively on weekends and spanning the period 22 June – 14th September.  Several events have been confirmed while others are being considered.
One new event under consideration is a Soap Box Derby and representatives form the Community Development Association have met with the organiser of the highly successful Tandragee Soap Box Derby and gained some very useful information.  Several possible locations have been discussed with PSNI whose initial reaction was that Manor Street was the least disruptive.  The Commons may be another option.  A meeting has been arranged with Council officials next week and contact has also been made with Roads Service and the organisers of the event in Comber.  The event, like other major events, will require not only a lot of work on the day itself but also pre-planning – in particular obtaining sponsorship, risk assessments, barriers, securing entries, scrutineering.
The Association has produced a simple form (please download below) for volunteers to register their interest in helping in the Festival by sitting on a sub-committee and/or helping with organisation of events on the day.  Anyone wishing to register is encouraged to fill the form in and leave it in Dunn’s Footwear marked “Festival Volunteering” or email it to 
Photography by John Clare (@JClionsden)