Thursday, 22 September 2011
I'm not sure whether this signwriter was simply updating the main Festival Noticeboard, or whether he was repairing the damage that several very heavy downpours of rain had caused. Either way, he was doing a very neat job. I wonder if he drew Sir Titus?
Seeing him hard at work made me realise just what a lot has to go on 'behind the scenes' to get a major event like the Saltaire Festival up and running - publicity, funding, organising venues and events, ticketing, security, first aid... There are people working on it the whole year through, as well as an army of volunteers co-ordinating, stewarding and making sure everything goes to plan during the ten days of the Festival itself. Whilst some of the funding comes from grants and sponsors, as far as I know all the organisation is done by Saltaire Community Festival Ltd - a charitable, not-for-profit company staffed largely by volunteers. They do - and have done this year - a brilliant job. Even though the weather wasn't very kind this year, there were still hundreds of people out enjoying themselves in the village. It's good for Saltaire's community and businesses and good for the local area. Well done, everyone!