Events

Altrincham Festival to have a revamp – and organisers need your help

By David Prior at

Altrincham Festival is having a revamp – and it wants you to help.

Over 40 years from its launch in 1977, the new management team is planning a shake-up following the retirement of former festival chairman, Councillor Tony Fishwick.

It’s already enshrined the festival within a new Community Interest Company, Altrincham & District Festival CIC, which will help ensure greater transparency and accountability.

And now the team has launched an online survey for locals to make suggestions and offer ideas – you can see it here. The survey closes on February 28th.

Neil Taylor, one of the organisation’s directors, said: “Our survey is on our website www.YourFestival.org.uk , the name of which reflects how the event serves the entire community, so we naturally welcome more involvement from individuals and organisations.

Former festival chairman Cllr Tony Fishwick (centre) with directors Neil Taylor and Gill Wootton

“We live in a rapidly changing world and are keen to keep delivering what people want. For 40 years, the Festival has provided fun and free entertainment, an opportunity to showcase local talent, to build lasting bonds, and raise profile and awareness.

“However, we recognise the importance of remaining inclusive and up-to-date. We are really looking forward to analysing responses from the public and engaging new people in the future of this event.”

Cllr Fishwick, who was involved for 27 years, was thanked by the team for his years of service and presented with an engraved glass tankard and flowers.

““There was once a day when I looked at Beech Fields and saw nothing but grass”, he admitted.

“But I was determined to see the expanse filled with entertainment for all and I feel we have done that over the years. While I will always support Altrincham Festival, the time has come for me to have a rest so I wish the team every success with the revamp.”