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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Carlisle Music City celebrates grants to the tune of £10,000

Music festival organisers say they are delighted to have secured £10,000 from two councils.

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Carlisle Music City festival will feature a string of open-air performances

Organisers of Carlisle Music City landed £5,000 each from the city and Cumbria county councils.

The festival will feature a string of open-air performances and other eagerly-anticipated gigs at a string of venues from May 24 until June 1.

Carlisle Music City director Mark Campbell said: “We are extremely grateful to Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council who have both, for the third year running, given us a grant to allow Music City week to take place.

“We’ve got another packed week of musical entertainment planned and we couldn’t stage it without the financial help of both councils.”

The money pledged to Music City from the county council was among a £32,000-package of grants for community causes in the authority’s latest round of grants from the authority’s local committee for Carlisle.

Grants also included £4,000 for a replacement bus shelter and £6,000 to enhance grass verges on Mayfield Avenue, Harraby.

Others were:

  • £750 to Irthington parish council for a community project to commemorate World War One;
  • £200 to Beaumont Parish Hall towards renewing a fire door;
  • £1,015 additional funding towards a vehicle activated speed device in the Dalston and Burgh electoral division;
  • £656 to re-enactment group the Herald Vikings (Carlisle) towards the cost of running projects;
  • £3,170 to the SAFA North Project, a charity offering support and family counselling towards project costs for a pilot programme for family and friend intervention for young people;
  • £2,000 to Carlisle YMCA to run a series of health and well-being related activities for homeless young people;

The local committee also approved £7,000 to Carlisle Mencap towards setting up a one-off summer playscheme and £3,000 to extend the authority’s ‘Sharing Stories in Libraries’ project.

Carlisle local committee chairman Cyril Weber said: “These grants will go a long way to ensuring local organisations and communities will thrive and improve. The committee aims to ensure that the money awarded helps local people and the local economy and I am confident it will ensure that positive changes are made.”

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