Help secure future for Bathing Beauties Festival in Mablethorpe

Ruby Red with the mayor and his consort at this year's festival.
Ruby Red with the mayor and his consort at this year's festival.

Mablethorpe residents are being asked for their help in securing the future of the Bathing Beauties Festival.

One of the festival’s main organisers, Karen Froggatt, told the Mablethorpe Leader that a three-year grant funding package from East Lindsey District Council’s (ELDC’s) Rural Development Fund has just come to an end.

Ms Froggatt, operations manager at the Mablethorpe Area Partnership (MAP-CIC), said the festival needs positive feedback to be provided in order to apply for future funding.

She said: “We’ve had some excellent feedback and it would be good to hear more views, as we need to submit evidence of support for the festival when we apply for funding.

“ELDC’s Rural Development Fund has helped to develop the Bathing Beauties Festival, but this is just in order to help it become sustainable. We will now be looking for different potential funds from organisations such as the Arts Council, for example.”

The Bathing Beauties Festival features art, crafts, music and performances in and around the beach huts of Mablethorpe; it is now in its eighth year.

The Mayor of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea, Coun Graham Cullen said: “It would be a big loss if we were to lose this festival, and we will fight all the way to keep it.

“We need the public and local businesses to get onside, and send in letters and emails of support”.

He added: “I think that ELDC or Magna Vitae should fund the Bathing Beauties Festival full time. After all, Skegness gets the SO Festival.”

ELDC’s portfolio holder for coastal economy Coun Steve Kirk said: “The Bathing Beauties Festival has been a real success thanks to the Mablethorpe CIC.

“Through the Rural Development Fund, the district council has provided grant funding totalling £45,000 over the past three years to enable the organisers to develop the festival.

“The organisers have always been aware that the council’s funding for the festival was for a three-year period and that they’d need to seek other grant funding thereafter.

“With the district council facing significant and ongoing cuts to the funding it receives from the Government to support local services, it isn’t in a position to provide ongoing funding to the Festival.

“The council will, however, continue to support Mablethorpe CIC in identifying grants they can apply for as well as providing operational support during the Festival each year.”

l Send your feedback to opsmanager@map-cic.co.uk