RECESSION will not stand in the way of this year’s Solihull Festival organisers said this week.
There were concerns earlier this year after two of the biggest sponsors - Land Rover and Birmingham Airport - said that, because of the credit crunch, they could not afford to put up the money.
But Solihull Council and Touchwood shopping centre have pledged support and the week-long event will go-ahead as planned.
Peter Lloyd, festival organiser, has confirmed that there will be as many activities as previous years, although a dip in the charity money is likely.
Mr Lloyd said: “Although the number of partners and sponsors has decreased we all felt that it was more important than ever to go ahead. Free entry events like Fun in the Park are for everyone and it would be very sad to shut up shop and deprive our Solihull community in these tough times.”
Volunteers from five Rotary clubs, the Solihull Soroptimists and Solihull Inner Wheel are already preparing for the event.
Although organisers are expecting a drop in the amount of money raised, they are hoping that people will continue to give generously. Last year the festival raised £26,000 for various good causes.
Among the popular events returning this year include the competitive music festival, the fun run and Fun in the Park - which is this time being supported by Macmillan Cancer Support. The full programme is expected to be confirmed in a few week’s time.