Southend Cricket Festival – Public Meeting
Southend BC and Southend Cricket Festival Task Force are holding
a public meeting in town next Wednesday at the Civic Centre in Victoria Avenue, 6.15pm.
The meeting has been called to protest against Essex County Cricket Club’s decision not to
stage the festival in Southend in 2012.
Essex CCC members, non-members, cricket lovers in general and anybody passionate about
the hosting of festival events in Southend is invited to attend.
The aim of the meeting is
to demonstrate that the people of Southend feel very strongly about Essex CCC’s
decision not to stage the festival next year, which they believe is wrong on many counts,
and to call Essex CCC to account with the intention of overturning the decision.
The decision by Essex CCC not to host the 105-year-old festival in Southend next year has caused dismay in the town.
Attendances have improved year on year and exceed those for similar events in Chelmsford and
Colchester. Around 4,800 people attended the three days of championship cricket in Southend in 2011. This
compares with an average of around 3,000 per match at Chelmsford.
The profit made by the festival from 2008 to 2011 was around £60,000 – a figure that compares
favourably with the loss made by the Colchester festival over the same period.