Rainbow Festival pushed back

MOSSLEY’S Rainbow Festival which would celebrate the great and the good of the town and its creative talent is likely to be delayed again.

But it may have a new strand, which is hoped will be on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

Town councillor Pat Mullin intends to curate an event he hopes would help shake off the lockdown gloom while also highlighting what is on Mossley’s doorstep.

However, he admits a hoped-for Easter date is increasingly certain to be moved back in the calendar because of the latest national lockdown.

He told Mossley Town Council’s January meeting: “We’re now thinking about May but it’s likely to be a movable feast. We’ll just have to take the temperature.

“I don’t think there’s a great deal of appetite for events that are done virtually.”

Cllr Mullin also revealed a new idea has come about after talks with Dermot Gill, who owns The Gillery on Stamford Street – one that would feature all things spoken.

He added: “Clearly all the plans are massively Covid-19 affected. We did a virtual Christmas event which I think went down reasonably well and arising from that we were looking to have an actual real festival coming up this year.

“After discussions, we’ve suggested as an introductory event to the Rainbow Festival, we might look at a festival of the spoken word.

“It would bring in different people who focus on the spoken word but also would have events around that.

“We’ve a number of partners who are keen to be involved, there are a lot of things we want to bring to the table.”

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