Letters in the Sidmouth Herald 20
The first letter from Mr Johnson was sent 'via email'
so may not be from a genuine resident - there have been a couple of examples of fake
letters in the Sidmouth Herald. In past years such people represented a small but
significant risk to Sidmouth Festival. Nowadays, with the Town Council firmly 'on-side' -
traders and councillors having realised just how much Sidmouth relies on its festival,
people like Mr Johnson would be unable to exercise any influence.
However, whether the letter is fake or not, there is one
good point: a lot of the late night music and especially at the Bulverton is nowadays
simply far too loud. I have spoken to many dancers over the years - none want the music as
loud as it is. Some simply tolerate it and quite a few either wear earplugs or simply
don't attend the worst offending shows. It would suit both probably the majority of
festival attendees and residents alike if the sound level were to be reduced. Some bands -
Tickled Pink is the worst (or should it be the best) example - they seem to delight in
their reputation for being loud. An interview in the Autumn edition EDS, (English Dance
and Song) produced by EFDSS, confirms this.
Sidmouth FolkWeek - 'a non-essential farce'
SIR - Gangs of undesirables dropping litter, shouting and
drinking on the streets, mindless disorder, late night music blasting out disturbing the
peace of residents and a real fear of local people to venture out for fear of crime
against themselves and their possessions.
I am not talking about life on an inner city estate I am, of course, referring to Sidmouth
during FolkWeek. The one week in the year to which all common-sense is lost in the name of
self greed for business owners - an event funded by Sidmouth tax payers against our will.
We are told by Mr Cameron that we are all in this together, so I am sure the residents of
Sidmouth, like me, would like our councillors to explain why, at a time of cutbacks to
essential services, they believe it is acceptable we taxpayers are funding the
non-essential farce which is Sidmouth FolkWeek?
If local councillors want respect, they should wake up to the fact that the majority of
Sidmouth residents do NOT want or support FolkWeek - it is had enough to he subjected to
it every year, but to pay for it as well through our council tax is just an example of how
out of touch our councillors are.
D Johnson via email
Appreciation of FolkWeek!
SIR - I wish to express my appreciation of
Sidmouth FolkWeek and the kindness and hospitality of Sidmouth people. I was blown away by
the magic of The Fosbrooks, playing fiddles while clog dancing at the same time.
My only disappointment was that the Askew Sisters gave only two public performances this
year. I really love their music and, in previous years, the Askews have performed
throughout the week. However, I really enjoyed the week and I am already looking forward
to Folk-Week 2011.
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