Cranbrook Festival proposed for town

PUBLISHED: 15:56 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:57 16 August 2017

Some of the crowds at Cranbrook Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

Some of the crowds at Cranbrook Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

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A festival – attracting as many as 10,000 people to Cranbrook – has been proposed for the town.

Cranbrook Day 2017. Picture: James CookCranbrook Day 2017. Picture: James Cook

If the event goes ahead next year, it could be along the scale of the Exmouth Festival, which has recently included sets by 1980s pop stars Bad Manners and Toyah, drawing huge crowds.

The Cranbrook Festival – which could become an annual event – is the brainchild of the Cranbrook District Rotary Club.

News of the proposed festival came during the monthly meeting of Cranbrook Town Council (CTC), held on July 24.

CTC was asked to consider supporting a Cranbrook Festival instead of Cranbrook Day in 2018.

The idea was proposed by Todd Plant – a member of the town’s rotary club and a key driving force behind the festival. Mr Plant attended the meeting to answer councillors’ questions.

CTC heard that the proposed festival site would be on land owned by the Consortium, earmarked for the town centre development. Currently in a rough state, it could be improved for the event. There would be car parks, although travelling to the town by train would be encouraged.

Unlike the Exmouth Festival – which is free – the Cranbrook Festival would be ticketed, with fences around the site.

After considering Mr Plant’s initial proposals, CTC gave its support in principle.

Mr Plant said that a steering group would probably begin in September. It’s likely that a town councillor will be on that group.

As the Consortium owns the land for the proposed event, it will need to be consulted before the festival can progress further.

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