ORGANISERS of this year’s Solihull Festival are urgently seeking financial support after being told by two potential business sponsors that they cannot give any money because of the economic downturn.
Both Birmingham International Airport and Land Rover had indicated they would be prepared to provide sponsorship for the festival, which last year raised £26,000 for charities and other good causes.
The Solihull carmaker had sponsored the ‘fun in the park’ entertainment event in Brueton Park last September, one of the highlights of the week-long bash.
The festival, which includes theatre, music and arts events throughout the borough, is run by local Rotary clubs and Solihull Soroptimists.
One of the organisers, John Profit, of Monkspath Rotary Club, said: “Birmingham Airport approached us last October offering to be one of our sponsors.
“No specific amount of money was offered but we suggested £10,000 - they seemed happy with that. However, the airport have now told us they can’t go ahead with sponsorship in the present economic climate.
“It’s disappointing because they gave us hope they could help us financially and now we are in a bit of a hole.
“Land Rover have also said they can’t sponsor us, which is understandable in their difficult circumstances. We are looking for alternative sponsors.”
If new sponsors cannot be found, the organisers face having to scale down the festival, which starts on September 21.
John Morris, spokesman for the airport, said: “We are not immune to the current financial crisis and whilst we do everything that we reasonably can for local communities throughout the area, this year we are unable to make a contribution to Solihull Festival.”
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