Crawley Irish festival awarded £5,000 grant from council

jpco-21-3-12 Irish Parade and Festival (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120130122094956

jpco-21-3-12 Irish Parade and Festival (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120130122094956

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Crawley Borough Council has awarded a £5,000 grant towards a cultural festival that attracts some 4,000 visitors each year.

The funds were given to a community group which will put on the 19th Crawley Irish Festival at The Hawth, Tilgate, on September 21.

John Nolan, chairman of Celtic and Irish Cultural Society, said: “We are overjoyed with this award.

“The Crawley Irish Festival has proven itself to be a looked forward to event in Crawley’s cultural calendar.”

Mr Nolan added: “It’s not just an Irish-only festival – it’s one for all communities to enjoy.

“Crawley has a vibrant mix of cultures within which events like the festival flourish and we are delighted to be working with the St George’s Day Cultural Parade to achieve this.”

The festival will have 13 bands playing in four different areas, including a children’s marquee.

The council gave the St George’ Day Cultural Parade Society a £200 grant to hold a children’s workshop at the event.

Cllr Chris Oxlade, cabinet member for community engagement, said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to fund both of these societies because they do a lot of good for the town.

“The Irish Festival and events around St George’s Day have grown bigger and better in recent years so I’m delighted that we can support them financially.”

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