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Will the Bretton festival go ahead this year?

Bretton Festival is a key highlight of the year, for not just residents living in the area, but also many other people living elsewhere in Peterborough.
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Bretton Parish Council is looking into a virtual Bretton Festival this year due to the pandemic restrictions (Picture: Google Maps)

Bretton Parish Council has been running it for more than 30 years and it has always been a fun filled day held at Bretton Park with stalls, food, fairground rides, and musical entertainment, arts and crafts among other attractions. Each year hundreds of people attend the festival, which is a celebration of the local community. 

However, the likelihood of it going ahead this year in July amidst the pandemic is looking grim, a virtual meeting of Bretton Parish Council heard yesterday, Tuesday, January 26.  

Vice chair of the festival committee Catherine Lee, who was also chairing the Parish Council meeting last night, said the committee believed the festival will require a lot of time, effort and money and it would be the best idea to call it off with the current uncertainty. 

The idea of a virtual festival this year has been raised, and Cllr Lee said: “We are looking at it as a faint possibility of it going ahead online, but it will depend on getting a platform and if we can do it economically.” 

The chair asked for people’s comments on this. 

Councillor Jason Merrill said: “A 150 cars parked virtually is going to be easier than travelling across the field all day.” 

Councillor Angus Ellis said: “The Glastonbury festival and other festivals are being cancelled. I worry about the Euros (football tournament) at this stage. And then we are still unsure of the May council elections. Everything is up in the air so I do like an idea of a virtual festival.” 

Cllr Lee said that a suggestion chat box has been created on Facebook messenger by the clerk Sylvia Radouani, where people both in the festival committee or externally can propose ideas for the festival ahead of further committee meetings. 

She concluded by confirming the live festival is most likely going to be called off for this year and the viability of an online version is being investigated.