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Padstow Christmas Festival: Truth over cancelled music

Padstow Christmas Festival: Truth over cancelled music

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:23pm 9th December 2019. (Updated at 8:53am 10th December 2019)

Organisers have thanked the community for its support and understanding, after music was cancelled at the Padstow Christmas Festival.

Pirate FM told you how festival bosses said they were told to remove the stage from outside the bakery following complaints.

It meant the event no longer featured any music.

It sparked a big debate online among locals as to why the stage had to be removed.

Many claimed it was not made clear that it was due to the stage location and access issues.

Cornwall Council has now confirmed that there were complaints about the pavement being blocked outside the agreed zone.

"The safety of the public is always our main concern. We received a number of complaints after the event organisers, who are responsible for safely managing their event, had put up a stage outside of the extent of the road closure they had applied for. 

"This meant that the pavement was blocked and would also have meant that people attending the event would have gathered on a road that the event organiser had not applied to close. 

"Both Cornwall Council and the police determined this would create a risk to public safety with potentially serious consequences."

Cornwall Council

Padstow Christmas Festival has also released a new statement with more detail as to why the music stage was pulled.

They say a complaint was made about the stage corner extending beyond the pavement.

Organisers added that the decision to remove the stage was 'disappointing' but are working to find a more suitable location for next year.

"We would like to thank all the visitors and supporters for their understanding about having to cancel our live music performances at this year's Padstow Christmas Festival.
 
"Early on Friday 6th December, we were instructed to remove the music stage by Cornwall Council's Streetworks team due to a corner of the stage extending beyond the pavement. 

"We had earlier sought advice from the Council regarding the stage location, and the additional health and safety recommendations given were followed. However, following a complaint from a member of the public, Streetworks requested that we remove the stage.
 
"The safety of residents and visitors to the festival is of the highest importance to us, and without an alternative location we had to take the decision to cancel the music performances. 

"This was disappointing for visitors, musicians, and for the team of volunteers who spent many hours lining up a full programme. 

"They all give up their time willingly to make the event a success, and last year their efforts helped to raise almost £8,000 for local charities schools and community groups in the area. 

"We would like to thank all those in the community who offered their support and understanding, and are working on finding a more suitable location for our live music performers next year."
 
Tina Evans, festival organiser

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