The future of the celebrations in Bideford on New Year’s Eve have been finally secured with the formation of a new committee, tasked with the overall responsibility of developing the event for 2014/15 and beyond. At its inaugural public meeting, The Bideford Festivals Committee has been given the green light to develop not only the celebrations that happen on the Quay but looking at ways in which the town as a whole can get involved in the celebrations on New Year’s Eve.
Councillor Phil Pester was keen for the newly formed committee to look at ways it can develop other events between the Christmas Light Switch On and the celebrations on New Year’s Eve, stating that in his opinion, there should be at least one major event happening in Bideford between the two events, not only for the community as a whole to enjoy but also for the countless visitors that descend on Bideford for the Festive Period.
One of the events original organisers and long term supporter, Phil Morgan unveiled a series of proposals during the meeting for Bideford which he called ‘his vision’ for a Winter Style Festival during the Festive period. ‘Bideford is an incredibly unique Town, with a delightful setting, plenty of establishments to eat, drink and enjoy the hospitality that’s on offer, it wouldn’t be that difficult to set up something that resembles the wonderful Edinburgh Fringe Festival right here in Bideford over the festive period which would truly cater for all tastes…, the celebrations on New Year’s Eve shouldn’t just be about what happens on the Quay, the community as a whole should look at ways that it can get involved with events which we are looking to stage in around the town during the festive period..’
The newly appointed Vice Chair and local Councillor David Brenton added, ‘it would be fantastic if we could look at having an Ice Skating rink set up in Jubilee Square for the whole of the festive period…’
The committee have a number of other initiatives that it hopes to develop over the forthcoming months, as well as building on the successes of the previous events, which includes expanding the incredibly popular children’s party which was held in the Pannier Market on New Year’s Eve and looking at ways some old favourites can return, like the ever popular Bideford Bridge Run which often featured world class athletes attempting to run the distance of the Bridge before the final chime of St Mary’s sounded.
The Bideford Festivals Committee’s plans for the celebrations in Bideford between Christmas and New Year will be revealed at its first committee meeting which is scheduled to take place in Bideford on Wednesday 5th March 2014, 6pm at the Town Hall in Bideford, everyone is very welcome to attend and submit ideas.
In the meantime, if you have any thoughts, comments, suggestions or ideas that you would like to share with the organising committee, please send them direct to the Public Relations Officer, Phil Morgan by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or search for ‘Bideford New Year’s Eve’ on Facebook and leave a comment on the Group’s Facebook page.