Festival organisers stress - there’s no Horncastle snub


Organisers of a major district-wide festival have promised to consider holding future events in Horncastle after claims the town had been ‘snubbed.’

Town councillor Jonathan Ferrari hit out after discovering none of more than 50 events included in the recent Wolds Words Festival had been staged in Horncastle.

Coun Ferrari said he was particularly annoyed that more than 40 of the events had taken place in Louth.

He claimed Horncastle had missed out on vital revenue from visitors to the festival .

Now, event organisers the Magnae Vita Trust have written to town clerk Gillian Mauger stressing major events are staged in Horncastle. and the town will be considered when it comes to finalising plans for 2016 festivals.

The letter states: “As I am sure you can imagine, there have been many requests for inclusion in both the Wolds Words and SO programmes as the festivals go from strength to strength.

“Whilst we have been able to include Horncastle in the SO programme with some superb performances over the years historically, the town has not been included for Wolds Words.

“However, the team at Magna Vitae will look into the possibility of providing an opportunity for inclusion next year.

“Please re-assure your colleagues that Magna Vitae aims to provide a full and varied programme of arts, culture and sport throughout the East Lindsey district when the various programmes are planned.”

Coun Ferrari said he welcomed confirmation that Horncastle would be part of future festivals.

But, speaking at a town council meeting, he described the content of the letter as ‘weak’.

He added: “I still feel more of an effort could have been made to stage some of the events in Horncastle.

“Why did Louth get more than 40 and Horncastle not one single one? That’s a snub in my book

“As a business owner, I know the town would have welcomed visitors who attended events.

“As for the So Festival, we are one of several towns that stage events.

“I’m just asking for a fair playing field for Horncastle.”