AN increase in insurance and general costs has led to the cancellation of this year’s Promenade Festival.
In a statement Helen Young, Chairperson Tramore Events Team, said, “It is with deep regret and with heavy hearts that the Tramore Events Team announce the cancellation. The Board of Directors understands and shares the disappointment that this news brings to Tramore and the surrounding areas. It will also be a great disappointment to the many visitors who come to our town for the festival every year.
“The event has always been run on a not-for-profit basis and does not have the funding to match the recent increases. It was free family fun and nostalgia.
While the Tramore event has not been subject to insurance litigation, a lot of smaller festivals are bearing the brunt from a general increase in claims across the festival sector.
The decision was based on a number of factors including increased insurance costs and restrictions, increased Health & Safety compliance requirements, a lack of volunteers and lack of local business support.
“We would like to thank Billy Duggan and his team in Waterford Council for all their help and financial support over the years. We also extend our thanks to the Tramore Amusement & Leisure Park, the Tramore Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Brooklyn Restaurant, Moe’s Cafe, O’Shea’s Hotel and the Bank of Ireland for their sponsorship.
“Last but by no means least, I would personally like to thank the members of the Tramore Events Team for their hard work and dedication. I also sincerely thank the many, many people who have volunteered with us down through the years. It has been a wonderful experience for us all.”