Press Release 6

WE’RE NEARLY THERE ….. with just 24 hours to go to the start of the Looe Saves the Day festival, work is starting today on building the main stage and arena.

While the main festival begins at 6pm on Friday, we are holding a warm up event for local people tomorrow evening (Thursday) to test the equipment. This means we need to get on with building the stage!

Our amazing team will be hard at work this afternoon erecting the stage and the security fencing, and planning where to put the sound system and the speakers. Other members of the core group will be finalising the car parking arrangements, and sorting out the details of waste collections etc. We want to ensure that everyone has a great time during the event so will be working hard to keep the main site and the town clean and tidy. While we will have teams of volunteers carrying out litter picks over the four days we will be asking festival goers to help us by putting their waste in one of the many bins which will be placed around the town.

We have had a fantastic response to our call for volunteers but still need to recruit more people in a few areas. We need four roadies to work throughout the weekend and 12 marshals for the Millpool car park between 10 am and 8 pm each night, working on a shift basis.  We also have three one hour slots available to help cover the volunteer station.  If you would like to get involved and help out please contact Councillor Viv Sullivan on 0781444981 .

Details of the programme for the main stage and the 29 venues in the town are now available on our website , with hard copies available to pick up from the TIC between 10 am and 3pm. Donations for printed programmes from £1 to help cover the costs of arranging this year’s festival.

We are hoping that as many people as possible will travel to the festival by public transport to help reduce the pressure on the roads and the car parks.  Details of the bus and train services, and also information about local taxi firms, are available on the website.

If you are planning to travel by car then the main car park is at the Millpool. While the car parks provides almost 1,000 spaces, we will be using some of these spaces for the performers and key events staff. There are a number of overflow car parks which will be available for people to use once Millpool is full and these will be clearly signed from all the roads leading into the town..

Fore Street will be closed to vehicles from 4pm to midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It will be open outside those times.

As we have said previously entrance to the main arena will be on a first come, first served basis as, despite our best efforts, it has not been possible to give priority to people who had bought the original tickets or local residents. There will be space for 3,000 in the main arena and we are hoping that the wide range of other activities going on in the town throughout the festival will prevent over crowding.

Our main priority is to ensure the safety and welfare of everyone attending the festival and living in or visiting Looe. We have a comprehensive health and safety plan in place, with an event control team constantly monitoring what is happening in all areas of the town.

“I can’t believe that we are just 24 hours away from the beginning of our Looe Saves the Day festival” said Edwina Hannaford, local Cornwall Councillor and one of the festival directors. “Staging a festival of this size usually takes many months and yet we have done it in just three weeks”.

“We could not have done it without the amazing support from the local community “ added Armand Toms, Mayor of Looe and another of the festival directors. “We have had an incredible response to our initial call for help, with support coming from every part of the town, and beyond”.