Rain hits Bourne Festival – but organisers say it will return as usual in 2017

Boobony entertain the crowd with some live music
Boobony entertain the crowd with some live music
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Torrential rain over the weekend means the Bourne Festival will make a loss this year – but organisers are determined the event will return in 2017 and beyond.

The festival, on the Wellhead Field, has been a popular fixture on the town’s calendar since first being held in 2002.

Steve Richens and Steve Jackson were among the volunteers working in the beer tent

Steve Richens and Steve Jackson were among the volunteers working in the beer tent

Bourne and District Round Table, which organises the event and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, had hoped for a big turnout to raise lots of money for good causes.

But, sadly, torrential downpours on Friday evening – the festival’s opening night – and bad weather throughout the day on Sunday meant visitor numbers were lower than expected.

Round Table member Richard Ludlow, who helps organise the event, said: “We are very grateful to those who braved the weather on Friday and Sunday and who came along to support us.

“Saturday was a much better day, but overall we will make a loss once all of our costs are taken into account.

Helen Mason, Kevin Winterton and Diane Warburton wade through a flooded area outside the beer tent

Helen Mason, Kevin Winterton and Diane Warburton wade through a flooded area outside the beer tent

“The festival is run entirely by volunteers who give their time for free but there are costs we cannot avoid – such as staging and lighting.

“Despite the loss, we are absolutely determined the festival will return because people want it to.

“Over the years, the festival has raised in excess of £200,000 for good causes and we want that to continue in the future.”

Richard said Round Table members hope that local companies may consider sponsoring the event to ensure it can thrive for years to come.

A view inside one of the marquees

A view inside one of the marquees

He added: “The festival is extremely weather-dependent and sponsorship would help make it easier to make a profit even when rain leads to a dip in visitor numbers.”

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, email info@bourne
festival.com or call 07793 436016.