Grant will help boost festival fun

Kenilworth Castle.
Kenilworth Castle.

Kenilworth Festival may be in line for an improved return and even a headline gig at the castle as funds are sought for this year’s event.

The festival committee applied for a £2,500 grant from the town council to give promotion for September’s event a boost.

Plan are already in place to bring back the regular Party in the Park, a tribute act at the Holiday Inn and possibly a new headline performance at Kenilworth Castle on the Saturday night.

Negotiations are ongoing to involve the castle, but at costs of up to £4,000 alongside significant regulations, it may be a tall order for the volunteers who rely on grants and help to bring the festival to town each year.

A report handed to the town council stated: “It would be the most ambitious event we have ever staged in Kenilworth. We would have to ensure we have absolute certainty of making a profit.

“I can promise that 2015 will be a great festival and we hope, for the first time in five years to end up in surplus rather than continually eroding our reserves.”

Acting chairman Roy Shearing said while it was too early to comment on ongoing plans and negotiations with the castle, they were working hard to make the festival a success.

The festival will run from September 4- 6 and include the annual Phab barn dance.

Councillors agreed the grant in principle subject to specific spending being approved by the new council following the election.

They also approved in principle a £4,000 grant for Kenilworth in Bloom to continue provide floral displays in the town centre.