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'Bretton's Got Talent' could be part of the virtual Bretton festival

The Bretton Parish Council has said they are still exploring options on how the Bretton festival will be held this year. Although there could be a ‘Bretton’s Got Talent’ competition on the cards. 
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Bretton Parish Council is looking into a virtual Bretton Festival this year due to the pandemic restrictions (Picture: Google Maps)

The popular local community event is held annually at the Bretton Park and is much loved by Peterborough residents. 

Bretton Parish Council has been running it for more than 30 years and it has always been a fun filled day held at the park with stalls, food, fairground rides, musical entertainment, arts and crafts among other attractions. 

Like most other events and festivals, this was also cancelled last year due to the pandemic restrictions. 

The Parish Council was earlier exploring the option of hosting a virtual festival this year.

They thought it might be the safest option amidst the uncertainties. 

However, during the latest meeting held via zoom on February 23, they discussed the festival further and said they are yet to confirm a date and agenda for the festival. 

Meeting chair Cllr Catherine Lee suggested holding a ‘Bretton’s Got Talent’ competition for the festival. 

She said entries would be sent in advance and that there’s a possibility for the event to be streamed via Facebook or YouTube. 

Although they haven’t finalised anything yet, they are looking further into the technical aspects of holding an online event, including music licence for Facebook among other arrangements. 

Government has said all lockdown restrictions could be relaxed by June 21 and weddings and events can hopefully go ahead without a limit count across the UK. 

Following this guidance released, some councillors suggested the possibility of reconsidering a live festival at the park in Summer. 

However, the chair, Cllr Lee said “its too close to risk”. 

Adding that, the festival will involve a lot of effort and money to organise and although the lifting of restrictions is still planned, it’s not certain. 

Therefore, a virtual festival came out as the strongest opinion.  

Cllr Lee also said they could look at doing a special event for the festival net year as Bretton marks 50 years, with the hope that lockdown restrictions will not be around by next summer.