Appeal for sponsorship to make festival the best yet

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BUSINESSES are being called upon to do their bit for the community by sponsoring this year’s Bourne Festival.

Bourne Round Table, which organises the festival, is calling on the community for sponsorship for the event, which takes place from June 3 to 5.

Tabler Paul Higgins, 32, of Willoughby Road, Bourne, said this year organisers are hoping for the best festival yet.

The tablers have no sponsorship so far, but Paul said: “Our main drive starts in April as we have our annual general meeting then when a new chairman and other table officers will be voted in.

“With the Riverside Festival in Stamford being a non-starter this year, the charity account income will be hit therefore every barrel of beer sponsored at Bourne will be clear profit for our charity fund.

“We are also looking at putting some large flat screen televisions on the sides of the marquee with information about the festival and the Round Table and its donations. These televisions will be raffled on the Sunday with tickets that will be sold behind the bar over the weekend.”

Paul said companies and individuals can also donate money to the Round Table to help them buy the televisions.

People of all ages can expect a great festival this year with the headliners being The Replica’s on the Friday, Doctor and the Medics on the Saturday and Greendate on the Sunday. Paul said: “People can expect a good time, good ale and an opportunity to chill out and watch some local bands.

“It will be the same great atmosphere with ‘battle of the bands’ on the Friday with the winner opening the festival on the Sunday.”

It is really important for businesses and people to get behind the event as funds raised are ploughed back into the community.

Paul said the tablers hope to raise more money than last year which was £20,000. He said: “Many thousands of pounds are given away throughout the year to local charities, schools, clubs and community projects by the Bourne Round Table as a direct result from the festival. Without support from the community it simply would not happen.

“The anticipation of how busy its going to be and if everything works can sometimes be stressful but again, with the help of local businesses and people, we always manage.”

Businesses or individuals who can help Bourne Round Table should e-mail info@bournefestival.com