Good news as fes­ti­val saved amid plea for pub­lic sup­port

Herald Express - - Letters & Opinion -

THERE is some good news at last this week from Bik­ers Make A Dif­fer­ence, whose spring bike fes­ti­val on Paign­ton Green has been saved af­ter all.

The or­gan­is­ers had gone as far as to can­cel the 2019 fes­ti­val af­ter re­ceiv­ing a luke­warm re­sponse to an ap­peal for help.

Now, how­ever, the com­mu­nity has be­gun to rally round. Pledges have been made, sup­port has been gath­ered, and good-hearted peo­ple are work­ing be­hind the scenes to smooth the way.

You may not have a mo­tor- cy­cle, and you may not be a lover of rock mu­sic, but the ben­e­fits of the BMAD fes­ti­val go far be­yond that.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion raises a huge amount of money for char­ity, and the fes­ti­val gives the tourist sea­son a huge kick-start each May, not just for Paign­ton but also for Tor­bay and South Devon as a whole.

We lose these big events at our peril. Once they have gone, they are al­most im­pos­si­ble to bring back. It is good to see BMAD val­ued in this way, and we wish them ev­ery suc­cess with the 2019 fes­ti­val

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