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Thread #136182   Message #3108769
Posted By: Arthur_itus
07-Mar-11 - 05:23 AM
Thread Name: End of Hull Sea Fever - 2011
Subject: RE: End of Hull Sea Fever
This is the email from Pete

Dear Friends.

It is with regret that I have to inform you that after a successful run of 21 years the City Council has reluctantly decided to pull the plug on the Festival. It was not a lightly taken decision and was forced upon them by the budget cuts with which we are all becoming familiar.

At a meeting with the events team a short while ago I was apprised of the possibility of the event being axed. Unfortunately that is now the officially confirmed decision of the council.

I make no secret of my bitter disappointment at this decision but having regard to the realities of the present economic situation, I have to say that it was not totally unexpected. Certainly, in September 1989 none of us could have anticipated a 21 year successful run! You will agree I am sure, that great credit is due to the Hull City Council for supporting and promoting the event up to the present time.

There can be no doubt as to the success of "Sea Fever" over the years and 2010 was as good as any. Rather than suffer a slow death by attrition I am glad we were at a high point when we had to "Take a Break" . I am sure that our audiences will have good memories of the event. That has got to be a good starting point if there is any chance of starting up again in the medium term. I shall keep in close contact with the City, although obviously at this time, they are not able to give any commitment for the future.

We have seen a number of events decline or fail for varying reasons in recent years but if we look for the root cause it no case was it a shortcoming in the event itself.   I had always hoped that Hull would survive longer. I know we had a good product and a loyal audience. However it was not to be.

To close on a more cheerful note, I would encourage you to continue to support the remaining events and particularly commend to you the forthcoming new Easter Shanty Festival at Ellesmere port. Let us all turn out to make it a success.


Best wishes and thanks for your support over the years'

Pete. (Shanty Jack).


P.S. Keep your eyes on these websites for Shanty News.

For all Shanty News - Bitter End Website:    http://www.shanty.co.uk/

For Ellesmere Port Festival:    http://www.shanty.org.uk/