Shelved festival back ‘next year’

James Hodgkinson, Alan Reilly and Liam Mulryan from Fleetwood Celebration
James Hodgkinson, Alan Reilly and Liam Mulryan from Fleetwood Celebration
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The organisers of an ambitious three-day Fleetwood music festival which has been cancelled have vowed to stage it next year.

Fleetwood Celebration was proposed to be held on land previously used as the car park of the Stena ferry operation, off Dock Street, on July 14-16.

But the team behind the event say they were advised to pull it from a Wyre licensing committee hearing because of the unusually large number of objections.

The final day was due to coincide with another large scale Fleetwood event, Tram Sunday on July 16.

Jim Hodgkinson, one of the main volunteers of the event, said this week: “I was very disappointed that local pubs had expressed their objections to it, and they weren’t the only ones.

“In trying to organise this event, things did move very quickly and perhaps next time it will be better to get the license sorted out first and then take it from there.

“This would have been brilliant for Fleetwood, local people are crying out for the town to have a live music event that could even be as good as Lytham festival. We won’t give up, we intend to start planning for it now and get it on next year.”

Bands such as Marquis Drive from Staffordshire, The Jackobins from Liverpool and Apollo Junction were lined up to perform on one of the nights.

But local pubs and businesses raised concerns that large numbers of people attending could potentially cause problems with disorder.

But local pubs and businesses raised concerns that large numbers of people attending could potentially cause problems with disorder.