Festival to be revived in exciting summer

TRING can look forward to a bumper summer as a councillor hopes to revive a festival that was last held in the 1990s.

Town councillor John Allan hopes to bring back the Tring Festival to help boost organisations in the town and donate money to charity.

He said: “We are trying to resuscitate the old summer festival we used to have.”

Mr Allan said the festival is in the early stages of planning, but hopes community events at Pound Meadow will raise money for charities in Tring.

He said: “Many organisations in Tring such as Tring Together will not be getting as much money from Dacorum in future and need funding.”

Mr Allan said money to help host the community events could be available through grants from bodies including the Cultural Olympiad.

He said: “We have put in bids but we will not know until the end of the month whether we have got them or not.”

The festival used to be run in July and was first held in the mid-1970s by the Round Table and ran for around 15 years.

Grass Roots has agreed to kickstart the event, which will start on June 3 and 4, and runs until the end of July.

The festival’s community events co-ordinator John Stack said he plans to have a marquee in Pound Meadow from June 15 to 19, to hold events including a youth rock band night and a beer festival.

Sports and games are also planned, including a tug-of-war, welly wanging and boules.

He said he wants to get schools to take part in a parade through the town in similar fashion to the old festival, which used floats and finished at Pound Meadow.

From July 1 to 23, the Tringe Festival will be held with many acts already booked.

Organiser Ben Moorhouse, from Get Stuffed comedy club, said: “I am fully-supportive of the whole thing and this is brilliant for Tring.

“Tring is a healthy, enjoyable place in terms of community and it is the sort of thing that would really work well.

“It cannot help but be a roaring success.”