MANSFIELD folk will be left disappointed as council bosses announce this year’s Party in the Park is cancelled.
Coun Kate Allsop, said district council cabinet members took the decision in order to spend the authority’s resources more effectively on the Olympic Torch Relay and other public events.
Party in the Park is a one day music and entertainment event at Titchfield Park which forms part of the Summer in the Streets programme but will be postponed until 2013.
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Coun Allsop, portfolio holder for economic regeneration at Mansfield District Council, said the cancellation was due to 2012 being such a busy year with the Olympic torch coming to the town.
She said: “This is a once in a life time event and we are delighted the torch is coming through Mansfield. The money we have for entertainment is a set budget and there is an opportunity to really enjoy the Olympic year.
“We will be having street entertainers and a lot of thought has gone into it - to do it really well is important and we do not have to do the same thing every year.
“We have the Cultural Olympiad and the story of Mamesfelde to Mansfield is really exciting but we can only do so much and better to postpone Party In the Park so we can do the torch proud.”
While music fans will miss out on the Titchfield Park event, council spokesmen say Mansfield Arts Festival, which runs between 7th and 15th July, will celebrate the best of our town through a range of performances, music and arts events.
The festival is inspired by the Olympic Torch Relay and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and will take place across Mansfield.
It will see the district council, including the Palace Theatre and Mansfield Museum, Mansfield Library and the Old Library, Vision West Notts, schools and community groups come together to create a programme of activities for everyone across the district to get involved in.
Plans include Project 2012: Mamesfelde to Mansfield - where organisers take over the town centre on 14th and 15th July for a celebration of Mansfield’s past, present and future, with more than 200 performers acting out various historical scenes.
Labour Group leader Coun Martin Lee said he was concerned the move was described as a council decision.
“We did not know about the proposal,” he said. “It is purely a decision of the mayor’s executive.
“Having said that, it is a disappointing decision because it is a wonderful showcase for talent at a time when venues are at a premium since the Town Mill closed.”
Maria Tucker, spokesman for Save Our Scene, said: “It is difficult because funding is being cut everywhere.
“I just think sometimes there are more important things like the community and musicians coming together whether in parks or venues.”