Letter in Sidmouth Herald 20 December 2013, concerning John Braithwaite and his Mercedes!
Although the writer is merely 'having a go'
at John Braithwaite there is a serious point in that many directors of folk festivals and
people who call themselves 'events organisers' seem to drive 4x4 or other 'upmarket' cars
and may not appreciate the difficulties of driving far older or less 'capable' vehicles up
steep inclines whilst towing an old caravan. One of the exceptions here may be Bob Berry
from Chippenham festival - he can often be seen riding a bicycle!
The people who are best able to advise on the practicalities and likely risks associated with (for example) Salcombe Hill in Sidmouth are the residents - and those of us who attend many folk festivals, have a long history of towing and maintaining older cars and caravans and (occasionally) get other folkies out of trouble.
The writer also fails to mention the extra £10,000 awarded to FolkWeek for 2014 by Sidmouth Town Council within a 'closed session' - one to which mere taxpayers of the parish are not admitted. This extra £10,000 brings the total grant for 2014 to £30,000 - or is it £35,000?
back to top of section