Flagship music festival needs sponsors

HELPING HAND Last year's Crown of Lights, Heckmondwike.
HELPING HAND Last year's Crown of Lights, Heckmondwike.

Organisers of Heckmondwike’s flagship music festival, which pulls residents from across the district to the town centre, are looking for sponsors for this year’s event.

Festival director Donal O’Driscoll has looked at the options to keep Crown of Lights, Heckmondwike, a bustling and free event in face of cuts to its budget from cash-strapped Kirklees Council.

He said: “We can’t keep relying on council funding to make this wonderful summer festival happen again.

“And we can’t rely on donations over the festival weekend. We need the money confirmed before the end of March.”

The fundraising deadline will be 4pm on Sunday March 13.

“We’ve pared down the total cost from £21,000 to £16,000. We’ve secured the wonderful Ska House to finish the festival on the Saturday.

“We’re already well on our way to securing the 25 other brilliant acts to play over the two days.

“All we need now is to reach our target. It’s an all or nothing. If we don’t make the target PayPal and Go Cardless just refund the money to those who pledged.”

The sponsorship drive will begin this Sunday and there are a range of options for individuals to donate as well as advertising for companies.

Contact Donal on 07957 765573 or email info@CrownOfLights.org.uk.

The link to the Crowdfunder website is www.crowdfunder.co.uk/14th-heckyfest and will go live at 4pm on Sunday.