A NEW organisation has been set up to safeguard the long-term future of Droitwich Salt Festival which will be given a new-look when it is held over a whole weekend in September.
The event was previously organised by Wychavon District Council which planned to combine it this year with the successful Droitwich Spa Food and Drink Festival and there was a salt day event held on Sunday.
But, wanting to place more emphasis on Droitwich’s salt heritage Simon Berry, the owner of the Gardeners Arms, and Coun Mark Craigie are organising the revamped Salt Fest for September 6, 7 and 8.
Coun Craigie said: “Wychavon has been great, the council has put up £5,000 and been incredibly supportive with marketing and advice.”
The pair are now hoping to hear from volunteers to help run the extravaganza.
Further funding for the event is coming from Worcestershire County Councillors Bob Brookes and Richard Morris via their divisional funds.
Mr Berry said: “Everyone who helps out will be repaid with drinks and pizza.”
The pair have started their planning by remapping Vines Park where the event will be held.
It will be split into different areas, including food and drink, children’s activities, local retail and live music and entertainment.
There will be double the number of stalls from previous years and the live music will kick off on the Friday night. More than 110 organisation have already booked stalls and there has been further interest in the event.
In keeping with previous years there will be historic displays celebrating Droitwich’s salt heritage and actors from the Norbury Theatre will be re-enacting the ‘reading of the Riot Act’.
The Riot Act was introduced by Parliament in 1715 to disperse and punish groups of 12 or more people who were unlawfully assembled.
The Droitwich Air Cadets will be helping open the festival and there will be a Salvation Army Service on the Sunday.
Coun Craigie added: “This will be a fantastic day out for families – created and organised by the people of Droitwich for the town’s residents and visitors.”
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer for the event.