Walsworth Festival: Urgent appeal for volunteers to save annual Hitchin fixture

Sword-fighting at this year's Walsworth Festival. Picture: Alan Millard

Sword-fighting at this year's Walsworth Festival. Picture: Alan Millard - Credit: Archant

This year’s Walsworth Festival may have been the last, with organisers concerned about a lack of volunteers coming forward to run the event in 2018.

The festival, held annually since 1974, has been run by a small and dedicated committee for many years – and long-serving members including the chairman and secretary have stepped down.

Walsworth Festival has helped to raise many thousands of pounds for charity during its 43 years, with a good mix of old-fashioned family fun and modern attractions.

An urgent call has been put out for new volunteers to help organise the festival and prevent its becoming a mere memory.

New festival chairman Oonagh Sherlock told the Comet: “It’d be a pity to lose such a vibrant event that draws the community together and benefits local charities.

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“If anybody is able to spare any time at all, please get in touch. We’d love to welcome you on board.”

If you’d like to support next year’s festival, its annual meeting is held this Sunday from 5pm at Walsworth Community Centre.

If you’re unable to attend but would like to get involved, email wfchair@gmx.co.uk.

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