Bollington's strong community spirit has been in the spotlight, thanks to the clear success of the Bollington Festival in recent weeks. Local MP, David Rutley, has praised the many volunteers involved in organising this much-loved community celebration for their help in putting Bollington on the map once again.
This year's Festival was one of the best yet. Over 10,000 tickets were sold, from as far West as Northern Ireland, as far South as Cornwall, as far East as Norfolk and as far North as County Durham. As ever, the Festival, a registered charity, was organised and staged entirely thanks to the efforts of local volunteers and supported by donations and grants. David expressed his strong thanks to the Festival's remarkable 137-strong volunteer team, without whose clear dedication, energy and commitment to the community, the Festival would not have been possible.
Over the Festival's 17 days, there were over 80 events for attendees to enjoy, including talks, live music performances, and exhibitions. David actively supported the Festival, having taken part in the opening parade, and attended the interfaith service and the Festival's Junior Schools Big Sing, featuring pupils from schools across Bollington and neighbouring communities, including Rainow, Adlington & Pott Shrigley, which was also attended by the Mayor of Bollington, Cllr Roland Edwards.
First held in 1964, the Bollington Festival aims to enrich the lives of those that live and work in the community, and the festival programme includes a selection of local bands and artists as well as national recognised performers. This year, guest speakers included the BBC's Nick Robinson, as well as television presenter and naturalist Kate Humble, and Manxonian writer and adventurer, Benedict Allen. All funds raised will go towards supporting the next Bollington Festival.
Speaking after the event, David said: "The Bollington Festival rightly remains a fixture in the Bollington calendar. As the incredible range of events and remarkable attendance figures demonstrate, the Festival is hugely valued within the local community, and truly helps to promote the town as a destination. I would like to extend my warmest thanks to the Festival's brilliant organising team, and to the local community, who have helped to make the Festival such a success."