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Farron calls urgent meeting with police to save Kendal Torchlight

October 26, 2010 12:00 AM
Tim Farron MP with his daughter Gracie at Torchlight

Tim Farron MP with his daughter Gracie at Torchlight

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called on the police to meet and discuss the future of Kendal Torchlight Carnival. The annual event has recently come under threat, with cuts in the Cumbria Police budget pressuring the local constabulary to consider charging for their support on the night.

The event organisers may be forced to find £15,000 to secure a police presence for the evening, which helps with crowd and traffic management throughout the town. Such a cost burden would almost certainly jeopardise the future of Kendal Torchlight, an event which is organised and managed entirely by local volunteers.

Commenting, Tim said: "Kendal Torchlight is a fantastic event for people of all ages across the South Lakes and has become a cherished tradition in the town after 41 years.

"The carnival plays a major role in instilling a sense of community and culture in our area. I, therefore, urge Cumbria Police to consider these merits when finalising their decisions on cut backs. It would be a significant loss to our area and something I will not let go of without a fight."