Fleetwood’s Myths festival cancelled

Street theatre during a previous event in Fleetwood's Marine Gardens. This year's Marine Myths event has been cancelled.

Street theatre during a previous event in Fleetwood's Marine Gardens. This year's Marine Myths event has been cancelled.

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A major new summer festival in Fleetwood which was set to coincide with next month’s Tram Sunday has been cancelled.

The Marine Myths spectacular, which was being coordinated by Wyre Council, looked set to be one of the biggest and most vibrant summer events the town has seen in recent years.

Street theatre is still coming to Fleetwood despite the cancellation of this year's Marine Myths festival.

Street theatre is still coming to Fleetwood despite the cancellation of this year's Marine Myths festival.

It involved plans to turn the seafront into a carnival featuring street theatre, music performances and dance, as well as showcasing Fleetwood’s proud fishing heritage.

There were also plans to turn the Mount into a giant sailing vessel and have the beach taken over by colourful sea creatures. But Wyre Council confirmed this week the event will not be taking place, although street theatre will still be introduced on Tram Sunday on July 21.

It is hoped the Myths event can go ahead next year.

A council spokeswoman said: “We are having to wait for final approval for funding from the Arts Council England and unfortunately this has not come as quickly as expected.

“Because time is needed to commission artists and performers and hold community events prior to the event, we took the difficult decision to postpone the Marine Myths festival for this year.

“A scaled down arts element to Tram Sunday is still being provided in the form of street theatre, on Lord Street rather than the seafront.

“We are still optimistic funding approval will follow shortly so we can make plans for a festival next year.”

Fleetwood Community Trust was also unable to go ahead with its summer party plans after struggling to get the plans on Fleetwood Town Council’s Agenda. Members were told the Myths event would fill that gap. Trust spokesman Bob Boal said: “It’s disappointing there will be no summer party event.”