I’m not one of the organisers of the “Gig”, that was local radio station Pure Radio and members of the Marple Festival Committee, but as members of Friends of Memorial Park my wife and I were there to help out a bit from about 11.30am to 4pm. In our experience the bands we saw were all pretty good, the sound was not particularly loud and the people who attended enjoyed themselves and were well behaved. We would have liked to stay to the end but had to leave for a family engagement.
The change in timing was unfortunate and I think a lot of people didn’t realise that it had started at noon rather than 3pm, as originally advertised. Having said that, I think it was the right decision to bring it forward as it would have been pretty dark by 9pm, which would have led to difficulties in clearing up if nothing else. The weather wasn’t helpful either but it seldom is and you just have to get on with things in this country.
Whilst it’s fine to express your views, for or against, in this forum please remember your manners and try to be tolerant of other people’s views. Be warned that I will remove or edit anything that is offensive, so if you wish your posts to be seen by others then you will need to remain polite, whether or not you support the event.
If you wish to make formal complaints that may influence if a similar event is ever held in the park again then I would suggest that you do so to the Marple Festival organisers. However, I will bring this topic to their attention. People who would wish to counter complaints by giving positive encouragement to the organisers should do the same too.
You can get in touch with the Festival organisers through this link:http://www.marplefestival.org.uk/contact_us.html
Finally, it would seem that this event has encouraged a flurry of new users to register with the forum. I hope that this doesn’t mean we are to be overwhelmed by a flood of negativity. You may wish to complain about this particular event but I hope you will find positive ways to use the facilities that this web site provides too.