Sandbach festival to benefit from major grant


Sandbach Transport Festival has received a major cash injection to secure its future.

The annual festival, together with the Traction Crewe event, will benefit from financial investment over the next three years, following successful pilot events last year to introduce more families to the arts.

Cheshire East Council, in partnership with Crewe Town Council, Sandbach Transport Festival and Fleetwood Festival of Transport, has secured a £528,467 Arts Council grant to help stimulate enthusiasm for the arts.

The three-year programme SpareParts:Accelerate is targetted at communities where the arts is considered to be under-represented.

This year’s Transport Festival will run on the weekend of April 21/22.

The colourful event promises to be bigger than ever and will include a wider programme of school and family workshops together with additional features aimed at raising the profile of the town.

Themed around transport through the ages, SpareParts:Accelerate will feature the customary parade of imaginative and wacky creations, adding humour and entertainment to both carnivals which, by tradition, celebrate the rich heritage of the borough’s transport connections.

The Arts Council grant will help deliver a number of arts-based workshops in schools and communities, introducing adults and young people to new creative skills and encouraging future participation.

Elsie Alcock, from Sandbach Transport Festival, now in its 28th year, said: “Sandbach is a transport town.

“Its recent history is embedded in the road haulage industry with Foden and ERF once big employers in Sandbach.

“This is excellent news and we would like to thank all those involved in helping to secure this funding.”

A main goal is to deliver economic benefits for both towns and contribute to the skills development of adults, young people and children through the arts.

Organisers hope the project’s input of will attract more spectators and help to boost the local economy.

Councillor Don Stockton said: “The funding is particularly exciting as it will allow for additional activities in the run up to the festivals so that each community can be more involved, creating performances and mobile artworks that will sit alongside the professional street performers.

“It will also enable the appointment of a participation manager who will work with schools and community groups to build engagement and sustain the festivals in future years.”

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