Plans to bring back Welwyn Hatfield festivals after Olympic Torch Relay success

PUBLISHED: 16:38 27 July 2012 | UPDATED: 16:46 27 July 2012

A programme from Hatfest 1990

A programme from Hatfest 1990

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A PLAN to resurrect two annual Times Territory festivals has received unanimous support from councillors.

Hatfest in Hatfield and the WGC Festival could be making a comeback, after Welwyn Hatfield Council agreed to look at reviving the events.

At a full council meeting on Monday, a motion by Labour leader Kieran Thorpe called for the festivals to be reinstated in the wake of the successful community events held during the Olympic Torch Relay.

Council leader John Dean called it “a very worthwhile idea” – but added the plan was dependent on the co-operation of other organisations such as police and paramedics.

“We have to accept these events are very resource-intensive and expensive to put on,” Cllr Dean said.

“Success relies not only on resources the council can bring to bear but on a number of other organisations.”

But reflecting on the positive response to the events in WGC and Hatfield during the Torch Relay, Cllr Dean added: “It would be churlish not to see if we can build on the success of such events.

“I don’t want to be negative in my support for what I consider to be a very worthwhile idea.”

Liberal Democrat leader Tony Skottowe also congratulated Labour for proposing “an excellent idea”.

The end of the discussion was met with a round of applause from all councillors.

The plans are due to next be discussed by councillors in December.

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