Rising costs and lack of sponsorship have forced the cancellation of this year’s popular Christmas fair in Pelsall.
The event, which has been held in the village every December since 2003, has become “unsustainable”, say organisers Pelsall Pride Partnership.
When it was first held, it was a Victorian fair, with ‘charabanc’ rides, a traditional carousel, carol singing and even a visit from “Queen Victoria”. As well as charity stalls, the fair had other attractions such as fairground rides, an ice rink and entertainment.
Last year it dropped the historical theme for the first time.
Chair of Pelsall Pride Partnership, Coun Garry Perry said a combination of poor weather and rising costs of stall hire and attractions over the past few years has had an effect on the amount of sponsorship required to run the event, which although free to attend has become unsustainable.
“Pelsall Pride is justly proud of its successes over the years, which resulted in the return of the village Christmas lights and tree and strengthening of community spirit.
“It is hoped that the decision not to go ahead with this year’s Christmas event will be a short-lived one and allow the partnership to re-visit and refresh plans for a return at some stage in the near future.
“Despite this, we are committed to ensuring the work of the partnership continues and look forward in continuing to organise the annual Pelsall Seniors Party, the Summer Music Festival plus other events and community activities.”
- On Friday, September 14, Pelsall Pride Partnership is holding a fundraising 1980s night at the Brownhills Memorial Hall. Tickets cost £5 and include a live band and disco. Tickets can be bought by calling 07960 503512.