Extra time for Melksham music festival

This Is Wiltshire: Pam Wiltshire Pam Wiltshire

Party in the Park, Melksham’s annual music celebration, could become a two-day event, organisers have confirmed.

The concert, which takes place at the King George V Playing Fields each summer, has always been a one-day event on a Saturday, but plans are being considered to add an extra evening of performances on the Friday night.

Tom Sangster, chairman of Melksham Music Festival which organises the popular event, said the committee was considering extending the festival.

“This is something we are toying around with at the moment,” he said.

“Nothing is concrete yet. We are just researching the idea. It has been mooted before. We have thought about this for the last few years.

“Obviously there are financial risks, and we want to make sure we are not stealing Saturday night trade into Friday night, but we are going through the process of possibly making it a weekend of events on the Friday and the Saturday.”

The proposal was given the backing of Melksham Town Council on Monday night, when the Town Development Committee gave its blessing.

Committee chair councillor Pam Wiltshire said: “We would welcome the Friday night concert, as long as no neighbours had any issues with it.

“We understand why they want to do this, and we welcome their commitment and desire to extend such a popular event.”

The music festival committee would still need to apply to Wiltshire Council for a licence to extend the event, but Mr Sangster does not believe this would be an issue.

“I wouldn’t imagine there will be a big problem with that,” he said.

“We have a meeting in a few weeks so there might be a decision next month.

“We don’t want to leave it too long.”

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