New trade-boosting events planned to bring more people to the Solway


A number of new tourism-boosting events could be on the cards for Silloth as town leaders look to attract more people to the coastal community.

One of the ideas being considered by the Silloth Tourism Action Group (STAG) is to hold a “cultural day” which would showcase food, dancing, the arts and songs from around the world.

There are also plans to reintroduce open air theatre on Silloth Green after their absence on the calendar this year due to funding issues.

The ideas were banded about at STAG’s annual general meeting, which was headed up by chairman Owen Martin.

Mr Martin, who is also on the town council, told The Cumberland News: “We were talking about adding new events for next year and developing what we are already doing to promote the area and building the town up.”

One of the events the group has already managed to get organised for this summer is Gig on the Green, a series of musical performances throughout the warmer months.

STAG already runs and supports a number of events in the town, including the extremely popular Silloth Green Day, which is being held on May 28 this year, and the fireworks and bonfire display.

It also regularly produces thousands of leaflets promoting Silloth and its events and distributes them throughout the north of England.

It hopes that by providing the town’s events calendar with a shot of adrenaline it will continue to be a catalyst for bringing people into Silloth as so many businesses there rely on the visitor economy.

“Hopefully everything we put on will be good as we want to be seen as improving it year on year, Mr Martin added.

“All these events benefit the town by bringing people in and convincing them to come back.

"Even though the last couple of Sundays we’ve had nothing on it’s been really busy because it’s been nice weather.

"We need to keep bringing those people in.”

When Mr Martin took over the reigns at STAG last year an appeal was made for more people to come forward and volunteer with the group so more events could be organised.

Since then four people have come forward and at the latest meeting another three people expressed an interest.

A new deputy chairman has also been appointed to STAG with Tanya Briggs, who runs Greenview Guesthouse off Criffel Street, stepping up to take on the role.

One event which has been erased from the calendar for the moment is the Silloth Beach Half Marathon and 10k event.

The sporting challenge, which was usually held in August, has had to be stopped due to rising costs and increasing health and safety demands.

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