Hopes are high festival will be successful
They’re off! Super hi-tech F50 catamarans compete in the SAILGP race in Plymouth Sound at the weekend. The action saw boats from around the world compete for the fastest race on sea with top speeds of up to 53 knots. (inset) Tracey Hayton selling SaltFest raffle tickets from The Bookshelf in Penzance PICTURE: PAUL WILLIAMS
21st July 2021
By Suzanne Cleave
The countdown is on for Salt- Fest, and there is still time to purchase a raffle ticket to help ensure the event takes place.
With the unfortunate cancellation of the Saltash May Fair, the May Fair committee, Saltash Chamber of Commerce and Diverse Events CIC got together to create SaltFest. On July 31, Longstone Park will be filled with live music and a great festival atmosphere, and Fore Street will be lined with community and retail stalls, as well as community entertainment.
There really will be something for everybody. Committee members, Hilary Frank, Cornwall councillor for Saltash Essa, said the committee met with the Chamber of Commerce to ensure the event could still safely take place, in light of Covid restrictions.
She said: “We wanted to make a communal decision on this. We decided the community really wanted it. So far, 70 stallholders have signed up, with around 20 being community groups such as the U3A and The Core.”
Two hurdles that the committee has faced along the way have been Covid and fundraising. They have been able to use some funds that were in place for May Fair, but the idea was mooted to sell raffle tickets to raise enough money to stage the event.
The raffle sponsors, Chapple Property Management, Eclectic at Home and The Bookshelf have donated the three prizes of £150, £100 and £50, and these can be purchases from Eclectic Interiors, The Bookshelf and Community Enterprises PL12.
Hilary said the ticket sales are going well, but there is still time to support the event. “We’re getting there. Businesses are rallying round, and people are supporting it.”
A donation has also been made by mayor Pete Samuels SaltFest promises to be a highlight of Saltash’s 2021 calendar. Among the acts taking to the stage in Longstone Park will be Livewire Youth Music; Riptide and Gilbert Blake, while on the Fore Street stage there will be appearances from ZigZag Children’s Entertainer; Roxie Grew and GraceNotes Acapella and many more!
A plea has also gone out for volunteers to help out on the day, selling raffle tickets, clearing Fore Street of vehicles at 9.30am, welcoming traders, running the information tent, stewarding the road closures and looking after the bands in the park.
A volunteer training session is planned on Sunday, July 25 that people are invited to attend if they are interested in volunteering. If anyone can help, please contact the committee via the SaltFest Facebook page.