Carlisle council given £10,000 for new midsummer event
Last updated at 12:47, Thursday, 07 March 2013
Plans are underway to hold a new Carlisle Midsummer Pageant with a procession of puppets depicting historical events and characters.
Carlisle City Council has been awarded a £10,000 grant from the Art Council to help fund the event.
It is understood that the event will be held in August with a number of events and workshops planned over a six-day period.
Speaking at a meeting of the full council, Councillor Anne Quilter, the culture portfolio holder, presented a report to members over the progress in plans for the pageant.
She said the pageant would be linked to the annual proclamation of the city, which launches the August market.
“The council has linked up with Chester Midsummer Watch, which has been developing an historical parade for the last 21 years,” she revealed.
“Puppets from Chester will participate in our pageant and plans are being made to take a selection of Carlisle’s puppets to Chester.”
She said a number of other events would also be arranged for August. She added: “A number of workshops will be held over a six-day period and will be delivered by artists from the Chester Midsummer Watch.
“Schools and community groups will take part in the workshops to produce a range of puppets.”
The news follows last month’s launch of a petition which called for the Great Fair to be brought back to Carlisle.
The e-petition, which has been submitted to Carlisle City Council, is calling for the full fair to return, complete with floats, entertainment and even a pram race.
The last great fair was held in 1983 but the tradition has been kept alive with a food fair in the city centre.
Andrew Hill, co-creator of the Old Carlisle Facebook page which features old photos and facts about the city, started the petition and aimed to collect 100 signatures to trigger a debate by the council executive.
The deadline for signing the petition expires today.
First published at 12:46, Thursday, 07 March 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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So instead of bringing back the old traditional Great Fair we will have puppets bussed in from Chester accompanied by street performers banging drums. And in the town centre we'll have the touring Continental Market that doesn't put any money into the local economy rather than a local market would.And whilst this the Centenary of the world famous International Six Day Trial that started in Carlisle in 1913 is dumped into Devonshire Walk car park, and the organisers are charged thousands for the 'privilege' of bringing 100 classic and vintage motorcycles to the city to reenact the original event! The event should have had pride of place at the Town Hall like the Â£70k funded Tour Of Britain did. Never mind, I'll wait another 100yrs to the next one.Thank you city council.You've excelled yet again in ignoring the people and heritage right here on our doorstep.
No one complains about multiculturalism and ethic diversity when they go to work at Pirreli,Nestiles or Most other employers in our city no one complains about multiculturalism and ethic diversity when they eat out in Chineese,Indian,Turkish or the many other various food outlets.No one complains about multiculturalism and ethic diversity when they turn up at the Hospital.Time to wake up in the real world folks and start talking sence.
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