SO Festival grand success

Part of the comedy waiters act who entertained visitors when the SO Festival came to Wragby town hall on saturday afternoon, which was well supported by the general public.'Photo by John H Edwards.
Part of the comedy waiters act who entertained visitors when the SO Festival came to Wragby town hall on saturday afternoon, which was well supported by the general public.'Photo by John H Edwards.
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Organisers of SO Festival 2013 have hailed the diverse programme of arts, culture and sport as a major success for the East Lindsey district

The final curtain came down on the Festival in Skegness last Sunday but locally, Horncastle, Woodhall Spa, Wragby and Tattershall were among the venues that enjoyed a starring role.

Figures show more than 90,000 people attended events across the district with visitors travelling from as far away as Germany.

Now, plans are already being made to make the 2014 event even bigger and better.

SO Festival Director Robin Morley, of Magnetic Events, said: “Each year, the bar is raised in terms of our audience expectations.

“This year, the quality and breadth of programming was absolutely amazing and far beyond what similar festivals of a similar age can hope to deliver.

“It was an amazing experience for everyone that attended and we’re looking forward to putting on another fantastic event next year.”

Funding for the festival came from several different organisations including East Lindsey District Council and Arts Council England.

Coun Adam Grist, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at ELDC, said the Festival had proved to be a ‘real success’ and thanked everyone involved.

He added: “Many of the community events were attended by hundreds of people with large scale shows being attended by thousands.

“We need to continue to seize the opportunity the festival presents to this district and ensure it says fresh and vibrant.”

More than 4,000 people watched Horncastle transformed into an ‘Enchanted Town’ while crowds also turned out for one of the closing community events in Wragby.