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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Thousands expected for Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival

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Cheshire East Council is backing the Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival on its 25th anniversary – with thousands of visitors expected in town for the annual event.

Up to 15 venues will host music and dance from Friday, June 19, through to Sunday, June 21, with the likes of Newcastle legends Lindisfarne and the Neville Staple Band headlining.

Artists from around the world will perform on the canalside and in the town centre and there will be a brilliant floating market and hundreds of beautiful canal boats.

The Council has committed to pushing through a number of new projects in the town such as the eastern bypass and the reopening of the railway station and is one of the Folk and Boat Festival’s key sponsors.

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “Middlewich is the centre of boating in Cheshire and the Folk and Boat Festival, now in its 25th year, is one of the county’s great events.

“It’s a great, fun day and I encourage as many people as possible to go along. In the long run we want to improve parking in the town so that the festival can get even better.

“It is great for the Middlewich economy but we want people to visit the town more often and make it a destination point for many things.

“We need to have high aspirations for Middlewich and to make it a better place to live and to make it greener, stronger and better. This is why we are very committed to Middlewich and rightly so.”

Cheshire East Council has pledged a strong commitment to creating a bright future for Middlewich.

Working closely with Middlewich Town Council and Congleton MP Fiona Bruce, Cheshire East is lobbying for new roads to improve connectivity in mid-Cheshire, create a vibrant town centre and high street, infrastructure to support a marina, new leisure facilities, housing, schools, bus routes and cycle links and a revamped railway station.

And the Council estimates that up to 3,000 jobs could be created over the next five years as a result of increased investment in Middlewich.

Also performing at the festival are Mark Radcliffe & Galleon Blast, Ward Thomas and Thrill Collins. For more information, visit www.midfest.org.uk

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