A music festival that was planned to replace the Richmond Live event this year has itself been cancelled.
Pete Bunce, the man behind The Richmond Festival, said there was not enough time to put in place everything needed to stage the event, which was due to be held at Catterick Racecourse on August 4 to 6.
He said in a statement posted on Facebook yesterday: “At this afternoon’s safety advisory group meeting with local authorities and emergency services it was decided and agreed that there is simply not enough time to get all the paperwork, certificates and licences in place for the new venue before the event deadline and it is with the deepest regret that I have had no choice but to cancel the festival.”
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Pete thanked Catterick Racecourse for supporting organisers short notice.
He added: “Thanks so much to the bands and entertainers that agreed to play for free at what would have been a brilliant charity event, and to friends and family for your offer of help, support and enthusiasm.
“We are all very disappointed but not disillusioned as now there will be plenty of time to plan ahead for next year’s event.”
He said anyone who had bought tickets would be reimbursed.
It was announced in February that the Richmond Live, which ran for 18 years, would not be taking place this year despite an earlier declaration that it would be happening on August 4 and 5.
It is understood the decision was taken after Richmond Live organiser Mike Jinks announced that he was stepping down and committee members felt he was so integral to the event’s management that it would be difficult to stage it without his involvement.
But local businessman Pete Bunce said he was prepared to take up the reins and organise a new event.