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Broadstairs Folk Week a huge success

By Peter Barnett

The 48th Broadstairs folk week parade

The 48th Broadstairs folk week parade

Broadstairs Folk Week 2013 which completed a successful week of events, attractions, gigs, concerts and workshops at the weekend, has been hailed as one of the best-run for years.

Town and district councillor Jenny Matterface praised the way the summer event went off smoothly, generating an estimated £2 million for the local economy.

She said: “After a couple of years with issues surrounding the week caused by those not attending events who felt it was an opportunity to cause mayhem it was agreed something had to be done.

“A multi-agency group was set up involving Thanet District Council’s Community Safety Partnership team, Kent Police and cabinet member, Cllr Iris Johnston with input from town and district councillors to assist the event organisers.

“Regular meetings were held and a scheme drawn up to be implemented by TDC officers, with support from other agencies.

“The result has been a successful week with a visible much greater police presence, early morning street cleaning, enforcement of the no drinking in public places rule. The SOS van at the bandstand was a great source of help including reuniting lost children with their parents.

Portaloos were installed in areas and more, as needed, brought in.”

Cllr Matterface says she was told by a police officer that this year’s event is the benchmark by which it will be judged and that they will look forward not back.

She added: “Thanks to all those who helped. Folk Week brings a welcome more than £2 million to the local economy. The pubs were busy, the restaurants full and the problems that occurred in previous years in Albion Street were largely avoided by the road being kept open for most evenings’.

 

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