Festival's 100K boost for Wrexham


Charlie Croasdale

A MUSIC and comedy festival held last week has given Wrexham an economic boost of “more than £100,000”.

Bars, restaurants and hotels have reported that the Focus Wales Festival, which saw gigs and shows at a range of venues between last Wednesday and Saturday, delivered a timely shot in the arm for the town, with profits up across the region.

Focus Wales 2014 broke its own attendance record set at the 2013 festival, although the exact attendance figure is yet to be counted.

The 2013 festival saw a £100,000 financial shot in the arm for Wrexham and with attendances, ticket sales and venues up on last year’s figures, organiser Neal Thompson has said bars, hotels and restaurants will have taken even more this time around.

Mr Thompson said this year’s festival had been the “biggest success” in its four-year history.

“We’re delighted with the response we’ve had,” he said.

“The festival was bigger this year, we had loads more events and we’re pleased we’ve had a higher attendance than in previous years.

“Last year there was a £100,000 boost for Wrexham and this year the festival was bigger with higher ticket sales, so we can comfortably say the economic gain for the region will be over £100,000.

“It keeps improving year on year and without a shadow of a doubt we’ll be back in Wrexham in 2015.”

Alex Jones, landlord of The Bank Wine Bar on High Street, reported it had been a good fortnight for the town’s economy.

“We had Easter weekend, followed by Focus Wales, so it has got people out walking around the town and coming out for a drink”, he said.

“We were delighted to have a day of music at The Bank for Focus Wales and it went down well. It’s something different for the town and there is always something for everyone.”

The monetary boost was bolstered further when hundreds more people flocked to Glyndwr University for the Comic Con sci-fi convention on Sunday.

Cllr Mark Pritchard, deputy leader of Wrexham Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see events like Focus Wales and Comic Con continue to grow and go from strength to strength in Wrexham.

“It was great to see thousands of people enjoying both these events.

“Events like this provide a big boost to local businesses, hotels and restaurants, as well as a platform to showcase everything the town has to offer in terms of our excellent facilities and venues.

“We’d like to thank the organisers for their continued vote of confidence for the town and look forward to welcoming them to Wrexham once again next year.”

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