Folk fans set to flood town as music festival returns

Alan Bell, director of the Fylde Folk Festival, says the event is a boost to the local economy.
Alan Bell, director of the Fylde Folk Festival, says the event is a boost to the local economy.

This weekend’s Fylde Folk Festival will bring a massive financial boost of more than £100,000 to the economy of Fleetwood and the surrounding area, it has been calculated.

Festival director Alan Bell says the huge influx of performers and folk fans to the town this weekend will benefit hotels, restaurants, pubs and takeaways alone.

Fleetwood hotels such as the North Euston and New Boston will be packed, and even Cleveleys establishments such as the Regal and Briardene hotels are now taking people in.

The festival, now in its 41st year, runs from Friday to Sunday and includes numerous paid-for concerts as well as a number of free events in some of Fleetwood’s pubs.

With 139 events involving 200 performers from all over Britain and further afield, it remains Fleetwood’s biggest music event.

Alan told the Weekly News; “If you have 2,000 people coming in altogether, and they each spend £50 over the three days, that’s £100,000. And it’s all outside money coming in.”

Linda Wohlers, who owns the 24-bed New Boston Hotel on The Esplanade, Fleetwood, said: “We’re fully booked for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and most of these guests then re-book for next year.”

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