Funding boost for Todstock

COUNCILLORS have given their backing to a Todmorden music festival with a £1,000 grant.

Organisers of the two-day Todstock festival applied to Todmorden town council for funding for the event, which takes place at Centre Vale Park later in the summer.

Members of the amenities committee agreed to give the funding as they felt the festival was beneficial to Todmorden.

Coun Margareta Holmstedt said: “It was successful last year and had a lot of visitors.”

Coun Jayne Booth was shocked at how many people came to the inaugural festival.

“It must have brought a lot of people to the town,” she said.

Coun Penny Langham said: “It was very eclectic.

“We need to have diversity of music across the town. There are a lot of different tastes.”

Coun Michael Gill said: “Out of a cost of £16,000, £1,000 is not a lot.

“They are doing a lot of fundraising themselves.”

Todstock will feature many top acts and local talent performing on several stages in what has become a popular addition to the town’s social calendar.

Inspiral Carpets front man Tom Hingley’s new band The Lovers have been confirmed as one headline act, with more to follow.