Proms hit by cash shortfall

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A LACK of financial support led to the cancellation of Caistor’s annual Proms in the Park charity event, which was due to be held on Sunday, September 11.

The outdoor concert has been held in Caistor’s South Street Park for the past five years with proceeds raised going towards St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

But the event relies on local sponsorship, and last week, due to a lack of money, the organisers had to call it off.

Deborah Barker, one of the organisers, said: “It is disappointing, but it is a tough economic climate out there.

“It is a shame because the kids have a nice time and people bring a picnic along to enjoy. This would have been the sixth year and it has always been very well supported.

“Market Rasen RPC band were going to play, but we have not got enough money and I know they will be disappointed because they enjoy it so.

“I feel very upset, not that we are not having the do, but because we are not going to get the money we normally collect for the charities.”

Sponsorship has in the past come from a number of the town’s businesses including Lincolnshire Co-op, Cherry Valley and Varlows.

Ms Barker said she had received some sponsorship for this year’s event and that that money will now be donated to St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice and the RNLI.