£10,000 Tour festival appeal

£10,000 Tour festival appeal

AN APPEAL has been launched to raise £10,000 for a music festival in Mirfield  to celebrate the Tour de France.

Organiser Donal O'Driscoll is targeting the town's showground on Sunday May 25 for his proposed event.

Kirklees Council have set a deadline of Friday January 31 for all Tour de France-related activities to be confirmed.

That leaves Donal, known for his work running Heckmondwike's popular Crown of Lights Music Festival, little time to secure funding.

He vowed if the target is not reached any cash raised would be donated to keeping public toilets open.

Donal is already organising a music festival in Huddersfield as part of a 100 days of culture season in the Tour de France build-up.

He said: "With council funding as it is we'll be lucky to see a Crown of Lights Festival in Heckmondwike this year.

"So there's little chance of getting any council funding for a brand-new festival in Mirfield."

It would be an eight to 10-hour event featuring two stages and up to 18 musical acts.

One idea is for business sponsorship while another involves selling 2,000 tickets by the end of March at £5 each.

Donal, who lives in Mirfield, said: "I've seen the massive positive effect the Crown of Lights has had on Heckmondwike over the years.

"I don't see why Mirfield should be any different. It would be nice to think a music event here could be an annual event."

Anyone interested in tickets can text 07957 765573 for an alert when they go on sale.

Those who buy online will be able to nominate a town whose public toilets should benefit if the target is not reached.

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