New date for town festival

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A Sudbury festival that was postponed at the last minute after major sponsors pulled out is set for a new date next year.

Sudbury Community Festival was cancelled just days before it was due to be held in May due to unexpected costs and two sponsors’ failure to pay.

Now the event, which planned to feature a charity football match, a range of stalls and live music at The Delphi Centre in Newton Road, is booked for the bank holiday at the start of May next year.

Richard Hibbert, who runs KSL in Church Field Road and organised the festival, said: “We have still got everything in place, it was just a couple of sponsors letting us down last time.

“Everybody has indicated that they would be happy to rebook for May.”

The festival was expected to attract up to 3,000 people, with proceeds split between a number of Sudbury charities.

Mr Hibbert notified stall holders, who had paid £100 in advance for their pitches, that refunds were available as the money had not been spent.

“All the money is still sitting in the bank account,” he said, adding that only two of the previously booked stalls had asked for refunds.

Mr Hibbert said new contracts were being used to try to avoid repeating the problems with sponsors and called for anybody interested in helping to email sudburycommunityfestival@gmail.com or call him on 01787 378250.