It’s festival time!

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A FAMOUS festival known throughout the land which attracts thousands of people from miles around, all keen to say “I’ve been to it”.

This could be in the future for Grantham - it could be home to a fabulous festival to match Cheltenham’s. And you will be able to tell your grandchildren you were there for the very first one!

South Kesteven District Council is backing the first Grantham Festival, which will coincide with the Belton Horse Trials over the weekend of April 1-3.

Councillor Frances Cartwright is the portfolio holder for economic development, and she hopes big event will bring a massive boom to town businesses, as well being an event for Granthamians to be proud of.

She said: “The Belton Horse Trials attracted 15,000 people into the area last year. We want to encourage these visitors and others along with local residents into Grantham with a host of family-based activities, to explore our shops, restaurants and businesses.

“This year we’ll be starting with a weekend of family fun activities but over the coming years we want to build the festival up into a week-long event, celebrating the best of Grantham.”

Our town has been the catalyst for some of the most famous ‘firsts’, including the first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, and the first policewoman, Edith Smith. As such, ‘firsts’ has been chosen as the theme of the first festival.

Among the activities planned is a family activity in the town centre which will recreate the famous Grantham Cup, for which top riders compete at the Belton Horse Trials. Other activities, which are still being considered, will take place across Grantham.

Also part of the festivities is the Journal Business Awards gala evening, an annual celebration of the town’s business excellence.

Grantham Festival has the full support of Grantham Business Club.

Chairman Bijal Ladva said: “There are ambitious growth plans for Grantham and this will be a first step towards putting Grantham on the map.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase what Grantham has to offer and I hope that local businesses within Grantham will beneft from visitor spend.”

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