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Flintshire hopes to develop reputation for staging events

Published date: 24 December 2013 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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WOODSTOCK and Glastonbury are names that evoke images of jubilant festival revelry.

But now Flintshire Council is keen to add more major events to the county’s entertainment calendar to cement its own reputation for staging occasions.

Councillors have backed a new strategy allowing the authority to continue to provide high quality festivals and events.

Members of the lifelong learning overview and scrutiny committee endorsed the council’s Community Events Strategy for 2014-17.

Its aim is to improve its ability to provide high quality festivals and events across the county.

Committee members highlighted the success of major events that brought a touch of sparkle to the county this year, including the Tour of Britain as Sir Bradley Wiggins led Team Sky and their competitors through Mold and the Wales Rally GB, based on Deeside.

Cllr Paul Shotton said: “We have recognised many events across Flintshire, including the fantastic Mold Food and Drink Festival and the music festival in Holywell.

“The Wales Rally GB, situated at the Toyota Service Park on Deeside Industrial Estate, was also an outstanding success.”

The strategy has outlined four objectives, including the improvement of the council’s ability to deliver and support festivals and events of all sizes and maximise their economic benefits for the county.

Cllr Stella Jones said hosting part of the Tour of Britain helped put her village on the map.

She told members: “It was nice to be put on the map by the Tour of Britain in Caergwrle. People were all over the moon, even if it was over so fast.”

The council plans to issue a draft event organisers pack to town and community councils looking to lay on their own festivals or events.

No date has been announced but it is thought the pack will be distributed in March.

The Community Events Strategy will be signed off by the council’s cabinet.

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