BLUES FESTIVAL HELPS UPTON PLAY
The new £40,000 refurbishment of the old tennis courts owned by the Upton upon Severn Town Council, will be completed next Spring and will provide a great space for residents and visitors to Upton upon Severn all year round.
A registered charity, and recently awarded Festival of the Year in the British Blues Awards 2015, the Upton Blues Festival is a completely free to attend festival of blues music in its widest sense which swamps the streets of Upton upon Severn with around 15,000+ people and 120 performances every July.
“The festival has doubled in size over the last couple of years and now generates a level of income that enables us to invest both in blues educational programmes in local schools and now in facilities within the town,” said Ruth Etheridge, Festival Trustee and Organising Committee Member. “We have built an outstanding event that brings people from all over the UK and the town is the festival’s secret weapon, providing a great backdrop to the stages and festivities. Without the town there would be no blues festival so it is important that we help the town evolve and grow.”
“The Council is delighted with the funding and are extremely grateful to the Blues Festival for their very generous offer. The funding will enable the Council to refurbish the courts much earlier that it would otherwise have been possible,” said Cllr. Tim Dance, Mayor of Upton upon Severn. “The new area will be a fantastic facility and we can’t wait to see the old courts renovated, improved and busy once again.”
“Without the support of the 1000’s of music lovers who come here every year and the work of everyone involved in the festival we couldn’t be able to make this happen and give this to the town, so it is a huge thankyou to everyone who has been with us over the last 14 years and we look forward to seeing you all again next July,” concluded Ruth.
The Upton Blues Festival – www.uptonbluesfestival.org.uk – will be held on 15-17 July 2016