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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Wigton youth music festival backed by MP Rory Stewart

Cumbrian MP Rory Stewart is supporting a music festival being held for young people later this month.

The event, entitled Something for the Summer, is being organised by members of Wigton Youth Station for people aged between 11 and 16-years-old.

As well as Mr Stewart’s support, the event has been boosted by sponsorship money from Story Homes to go towards a chill-out zone.

Youth worker Sam Massey believes that organising the event is giving the youngsters skills they wouldn’t otherwise have.

She said: “They have built relationships with people in the town council that they didn’t know beforehand.

“They have had nothing but positive feedback and we’ve tried for different points of view, which has really made them work together..”

So far a number of local acts have been confirmed including The Conspiracy, Retribution, The Pulse and Moky Dance Crew.

Stalls will be at the event, as well as Drugs Alcohol and Sexual Health (DASH) workers who will be chatting to the youngsters.

Currently around 250 tickets have been sold and organisers are aiming to sell 500 before the event.

Your Square Mile, the Big Society project, is set to film the festival.

Sam said: “There’s not a lot to do for young people but this focuses on younger people. It’s given them an opportunity for a safe place to have fun with their friends.

“I want it to be part of the town calendar.

“It’s about celebrating young people and a place for them just to have fun and chill out.”

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