Chichester Festivities’ fate still in balance

THE fate of the Chichester Festivities continues to hang in the balance as Festivities’ bosses weigh up whether they have done enough to survive.

More than a week after their own deadline passed, they are remaining tight-lipped about the future.

The Festivities needed to get an undisclosed proportion of bookers from the original rained-off fireworks finale to re-book for the rescheduled event at the end of September.

They made it clear that if insufficient people pledged to return, then the Festivities would not be able to make all the necessary refunds after a difficult year – in which case they would in all probably be forced to go into liquidation.

Ominously, the proposed Fireworks Finale Party at Goodwood Racecourse on Friday, September 28 ‘is not bookable online at present’.

For the moment, Festivities’ bosses – who have already faced a backlash from disappointed concert-goers over their handling of the original cancellation – are still refusing to be drawn on what is happening.

Festivities director Amanda Sharp said: “The board hopes to meet this week but, being holiday time, exact timetables are uncertain.”